August 25, 2017
A fire safety report published by the Department of Housing today, arising from a rapid spread of fire in the Millfield Manor housing estate in March 2015, spectacularly fails to address the very serious risks faced in homes with fire safety defects, Social Democrats councillor Cian O’Callaghan said today.
Councillor O’Callaghan said:
“The publication today by the Department of Housing of the Framework for Enhancing Fire Safety in Dwellings where concerns arise is a spectacular fail by Minister Eoghan Murphy T.D. to come to terms with the very serious problem that we face.
“The Department sat on this report for months and now that it is finally released it turns out to be a damp squib in terms of addressing the very serious problems that many homeowners face in dwellings where fire risks have been identified.
“This framework was developed following a blaze in the Millfield Manor housing estate in March 2015 which destroyed a terrace of timber frame houses in half an hour. It is supposed to prevent similar accidents in the future. Yet this report has not drawn on the Millfield Manor case study and no learning seems to have been taken from it at all.
“Following the tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower, Minister Murphy should be doing everything he can to address structural fire safety deficiencies in our housing stock. We need a national fire safety remediation scheme akin to the Pyrite Remediation Scheme before there is a major tragedy and loss of life.”
Specifically, Cllr O’Callaghan takes issue with three key aspects of today’s report:
25 August 2017