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11th March 2019 | Housing, Press Releases

Government’s inaction on latent defects is abject abandonment of its public safety role: Greens

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Green Party Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Rathdown Catherine Martin said:

“The revelations today that up to 80% of the apartment blocks in the state may have fire safety issues must serve as a stark wake-up call to an inactive Government – though the extent of the problem is of little surprise to those of us who have engaged with affected residents and homeowners across the country in recent years.

“Government has consistently deflected any responsibility for systemic quality problems in our housing stock, re-iterating their lack of any idea of the extent of the problem and their total lack of interest in investigating. Now they know – and they cannot in good conscience continue to fail to act.

“All of this is happening while experts are continuing to say that the 2014 (BCAR) Regulations will not adequately prevent issues like this occurring in the future. We need an independent building regulator, like our food regulator, which has specialised statutory powers to name and shame any builders who put people’s health and safety at serious risk and be empowered to put things right, instead of the current regime which basically amounts to self-certification.

“Government’s inaction is an abject abandonment of its role in assuring safety in Irish housing. Our housing is a public safety issue, but they are continuing to treat it as if they have should have nothing to do with it.”