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Fears over safety of second city flat complex as gas cut

MAJOR concern has been voiced over the safety of a city apartment complex after Dublin City Council wrote to residents warning them that their gas would be switched off.

Following the debacle over the Priory Hall apartments, residents living in the Forge apartments on Foley Street claim they have yet to be told the details of the safety concerns.

The authority wrote to all residents this week, advising them that they were treating with the "utmost urgency" concerns surrounding the "gas flues in some of the apartments".

The letter stated: "On inspection of the units in The Forge, An Bord Gais decided to turn off the gas supply to these units until a full inspection is carried out. The potential problem that has emerged is as a result of the original construction and design works."

There are nine apartments in the Forge development and 19 in an adjacent apartment block called The Foundry.

Residents of the Foundry have been told to follow the advice of gas companies, if they choose to have their homes inspected. The company that runs both apartment complexes -- Railway Street Management Company Ltd -- said a report on the concerns is set to be published by the Commission for Energy Regulation.

However, councillors and local residents have today expressed alarm that the apartments may not be entirely safe.

Pauline Picket, whose mother lives in The Forge, said: "My mother feels left in limbo. And to be honest, after Priory Hall, I'm concerned that she's living in dangerous conditions.

"We do not know what the specific problem is, we've just been told to keep the gas off."

Dublin City Council assured residents that it would provide electric heaters.