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42 prosecutions over substandard housing in Dublin city

Dublin City Council has a team of inspectors visiting rented accommodation on the North Circular Road.

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AN INSPECTION OF 1,230 units on Dublin’s North Circular Road by the city’s council has led to 42 prosecutions.

The survey of problem houses is being carried out by a team of environmental health inspectors as part of the Intensified Inspection Programme along the North Circular Road.

In a reply to Councillor Ray McAdam, who asked about the progress of the programme of inspection, the City Manager Owen Keegan said that one team of two environmental health officers from the intensified inspection programme is assigned to undertake inspections on privately rented properties, any properties that are currently rented, or are available to rent on the North Circular Road.


He said that between 1 May 2012 and 10 March 2014, a total of 159 buildings were inspected, adding up to a total of 1,230 units.

In addition, a total of 1,277 re-inspections were undertaken.

Up until 10 March 2014 the following enforcement actions were taken: -

  • Improvement letters sent: 792
  • Improvement notices served: 335
  • Prohibition notices served: 36
  • Prosecutions initiated: 42

The initiative also involves the North Inner City Litter Action Group, which looked at houses where there wasn’t a waste management system in place.

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NICLAG referred a number of houses to the environmental health inspectors.

Meanwhile, NICLAG is going to be calling back to homes in the north inner city area to speak to residents about their waste disposal habits.

It has been carrying out door-to-door surveys of houses, asking for proof of waste disposal. While there was an improvement in illegally dumped rubbish being left in the north inner city area after the surveys began, a Council source said that it “seems to have relapsed back a bit”.

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