When Ciara Holland learned that her home was in a dangerous condition, she thought about her children. She and her husband bought their apartment in the Galloping Green Complex on Dublin's Stillorgan Road in 2006, at the height of the Celtic Tiger illusion.
During the election campaign, there was no mention by any of the politicos vying for power of the other acute housing crisis which must surely be a ticking time bomb. Priory Hall and Longboat Quay are only the tip of the iceberg.
While Bernard McNamara’s offer to do remedial work at the Longboat Quay complex at cost price would save residents financial pain, questions arise as to how the work could be done at this rate and if the recommended works would be completed in full, writes
How did we arrive at a state of affairs where people can spend hundreds of thousands of euro buying recently built apartments in Dublin and elsewhere, and then find that these properties, which allegedly met the necessary building standards and regulations, are not fit for purpose?
THE Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin yesterday proposed that local authorities should carry out a “full audit” of apartments and other buildings built during our Celtic Tiger excitements.
looks at the contrast between the fire inspection report on the controversial apartment block in 2014 and those who signed off on the complex’s safety features eight years earlier and asks who, or what, was responsible for the glaring differences.
It was on one level somewhat appropriate that Environment Minister Alan Kelly was absent when the issue of the deplorable state of affairs surrounding the 900 residents who occupy 298 apartments in the Longboat Quay development was raised in the Dáil.
Poor old Bernard McNamara got a going-over during the week. McNamara is a developer and former Fianna Fáil councillor. A hardened cynic might say that’s enough to merit a perpetual going-over. But in fairness to the man, he was well got in places high and low before his own fall from grace into the clutches of bankruptcy.