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Legal battle goes on over flats labelled a fire hazard

HIGH Court proceedings over privately rented properties which are allegedly a serious fire hazard have been adjourned.

Dublin City Council last week obtained injunctions against the landlord of two properties in Cabra and Phibsboro ordering that they be vacated by tenants.

The Phibsboro Road property was described in court as "a shed heated by an oven" and contained three adults and an 18-month-old child.

A fire appeared to have already occurred on the electricity board of the Cabra Park premises which is divided into a number of flats, it was claimed.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy last week granted injunctions against the landlord, Kevin Galvin, of Furry Park Road, Killester, Dublin, directing both properties be vacated.


The judge also granted the council permission to bring proceedings in relation to another property owned by Mr Galvin, at 73 Cabra Park.

Yesterday, in an application before the president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, the council was granted an adjournment of the proceedings and a continuation of the injunctions for another week.

The court heard previously that fire safety officials had concerns about emergency lighting, lack of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, doors and windows of the properties.

The court heard it was the council's view that Mr Galvin was obliged to provide alternative accommodation for those affected by the orders to vacate.