Fire chief’s concerns over Limerick apartment block

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Fire safety concerns: Greengate House, Carr Street
businessman Ger Madden has given an undertaking to conduct a fire safety assessment of a six-storey apartment block which is a cause of “serious concern” to Limerick City Fire Service.

businessman Ger Madden has given an undertaking to conduct a fire safety assessment of a six-storey apartment block which is a cause of “serious concern” to Limerick City Fire Service.

IM Properties Ltd, of which Mr Madden is a director and which controls Greengate House on Carr Street, is being prosecuted by Limerick City Council for failing to comply with a fire safety notice issued in September 2010. The building is currently home to around 150 occupants, Limerick District Court heard.

Fire officer Padraic Keely told Judge Aeneas McCarthy that the company had been asked to complete a full fire safety assessment before any schedule of remedial works was agreed with Limerick City Council. Undertakings to conduct the assessment had been given as far back as June 2011, Mr Keely said, but the work had not been done.

“We have found serious deficiencies in those areas we have been given access to but we haven’t been given full access to the building,” Mr Keely told Ger Reidy, solicitor for Limerick City Council.

Kieran O’Brien, representing Mr Madden and the company, said proposals had been forwarded to the council last week for fire safety consultant Dr Ray Connolly to carry out the assessment, starting on April 15.

Judge McCarthy said he would allow the case to be adjourned only where Mr Madden made an undertaking under oath that the assessment would be carried out and a report furnished in a timely fashion.

“The court takes very seriously the fire safety regulations, particularly where I am dealing with an apartment block with 150 occupants,” he said.

The case was adjourned to May 3 on the strength of Mr Madden’s undertaking.