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Lection letter: Next government must back homeowners with shoddy Celtic Tiger housing

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.

Many people the length and breadth of the country are residing in properties built during the boom years with latent defects due to the lack of regulation at that time.

It is shocking that some of the issues highlighted require fire safety modifications. Other issues facing some developments include chronic water ingress.

Residents bought these properties in good faith.

The owner management companies have been left trying to manage tight budgets in difficult circumstances where they have to try to resolve issues on a piece meal basis and cover the day to day running costs.

If you purchased something in a shop that was faulty, you would be covered by the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act.

Some of the developers responsible are in Nama so surely some redress should be made available.

It is incumbent on the incoming government to ensure that the homes that Ireland’s citizens live in are fit for purpose and that all future properties are built to the highest standard with proper oversight and redress where appropriate.

Killian Brennan

Corofin House,

Clare Village,

Malahide Road,

Dublin 17

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