TD wants to know why coun­cil gave house the all-clear in April

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Jake Hur­furt

A TD whose of­fice shares a wall with a ‘firetrap’ house in Crum­lin that was or­dered to be va­cated by a court this week wants to know why an ear­lier in­ves­ti­ga­tion gave the prop­erty the all-clear. In­de­pen­dents 4 Change TD Joan Collins told the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day that she and her staff had no­ticed how what used to be two shops sud­denly had a lot of peo­ple com­ing in and out at all hours. Last De­cem­ber, she re­ported the ad­dress to coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers, as it ap­peared the shops had be­come a res­i­den­tial ad­dress. But of­fi­cials closed the case in April 2017 say­ing every­thing was above board.

A Dublin City Coun­cil spokesman told the MoS yes­ter­day that they only be­came aware of the prop­erty last month.

But a file seen by the MoS shows plan­ning en­force­ment of­fi­cers filed a re­port on the ad­dress af­ter Ms Collins made her com­plaint last year.

The fire of­fi­cers who in­ves­ti­gated the prop­erty last Fri­day, af­ter RTÉ’s re­port about the dan­ger­ous build­ing, found the rear en­trance to the prop­erty bricked up.

Lead­ing onto a back al­ley, the exit would have been the only way out if a fire blocked the front door to the house.

Ms Collins said: ‘They [who­ever is run­ning the prop­erty] should be done for ma­li­cious, crim­i­nal dam­age to peo­ple.’

The fire ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to Ms Collins, is very con­cerned that this kind of over­crowded, un­safe prop­erty is much more preva­lent around Dublin city than peo­ple re­alise.

COM­PLAINT: In­de­pen­dents 4 Change TD Joan Collins

NexT dOOR: TD Joan Collins’ of­fice in Crum­lin IN The PAsT: How the shops looked be­fore

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