Local Fianna Fáil TD, Sean Haughey has raised questions regarding Ireland’s appraisal of fire safety standards in multi-storey units following Wednesday night’s blaze in Ballymun’s Metro Hotel.
Speaking in Dáil Éireann yesterday the Deputy said, “Foremost, I commend the actions of the sixty fire fighters from Dublin Fire Brigade who acted swiftly and effectively to Wednesday night’s fire in Ballymun.
“It is as a result of their work that thankfully no casualties or injuries occurred. This frightening incident has however, reminded us all of the real threat of fire in residential buildings.
“In the past number of years major issues have arisen with fire safety standards in multi-unit blocks both at home and abroad. The devastating fire in Grenfell Tower last June sadly showed how catastrophic such flaws in fire safety can be and cast doubt over Ireland’s own compulsory standards.
“To date, we are not aware of how many times the High Level Taskforce have met to re-appraise Ireland’s response to fire safety standards, the details of such meetings or of what measures have been adopted to protect units.
“It is important that an update is now provided on the actions carried out by Local Authorities in response to the review of fire safety standards in multi-storey units including in the social housing sector.
“Undoubtedly, communities across Ireland will be fearful following this fire and need to be assured of fire and emergency services preparedness to respond to large scale incidents related to fire safety.
“The concerns raised by Dublin Fire Brigade need to be heard and acted on; these are the very people working on the frontline to protect against fire and should be listened to intently.
He concluded, “The Government must now promptly determine if this premises in Ballymun had been inspected as part of the process requested by the Minister in June 2017.”