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.
Two weeks ago, residents of Belmayne received a letter warning of possible defects in their homes, despite repairs carried out years ago. Michael Clifford reports Two weeks ago, residents of Belmayne received a letter warning of possible defects in their homes, despite repairs carried out years ago.reports.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged to immediately address spiraling residential rental market prices in response to revelations the cost of finding a home has now reached its highest ever recorded rate,.
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.
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.
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.
ONCE upon a time, long ago, I spent a summer employed as a yardman in a concrete mixing depot in north London. It was a serious operation in which sand and gravel were transported to the depot by train, unloaded, and fed into the mixer by a JCB. I had a handy number, but so did the man driving the JCB, a native of Killarney who went by the name of Fran.
A SOCIETY where light-touch building regulation, among other things, facilitated the construction of a fire trap so dangerous — Priory Hall in Dublin — that residents had to be removed by court order for their own safety should probably think twice before responding angrily to the news that the company that built the Berkeley apartments where six students died this week paid $3m last year to settle a case over alleged defects in apartment buildings.
The evidence points to the fact that stringent building controls are needed to protect the interests of citizens, but the current controls appear to be more about optics than anything else more substantial, and a review of these is unlikely to change anything, writes
submitted a request to attend a forum today aimed at reviewing new building regulations but was declined. He explains that others from the meeting include consumer representatives and independent voices within the building industry. In addition, the ‘independent
Newspaper reports this week show that Gerry Adams seems to have a uniquely clear appreciation of what did and did not go on in the IRA, describing as he does “their acting as a police force, IRA members were singularly ill equipped to deal with such matters. The IRA on occasions shot alleged sex offenders or expelled them. While this may have been expedient at the time, it was not appropriate”.