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Development in Kildare among other apartments with major fire safety problem

That’s according to the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.

THIS WEEK RESIDENTS at an apartment block in Dublin’s docklands were told to pay €4 million or face eviction after major deficiencies were found in the fire safety standards of the development.

Today the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he knows of at least one other site in Kildare which is experiencing issues similar to Longboat Quay, and that he believes the fire safety deficiencies will be identified elsewhere.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority has said it will provide financial assistance to help carry out required works on unsafe apartments at Longboat Quay.

However, residents will still have to find around €2 million to finance the repairs.

Speaking on The Week In Politics on RTÉ, the Deputy Labour Leader added that a package is being worked on with the residents.

He also blamed insufficient regulation in the past, adding that the Government has since improved legislation.

However, the Royal Institute of Architects has warned that current building regulations do not go far enough to avoid similar problems in the future.

The Minister also addressed the homelessness crisis on the show saying he will bring in emergency legislation to speed up the planning for modular housing if needed.

Read: Residents told to pay €4 million or face being evicted over poor fire-proofing>

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