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04th Oct 2017

RTÉ uncover serious breaches of fire safety at Irish rental properties, including this ‘fire trap’

The programme is due to air on RTÉ One later this month.



The High Court has granted an order for the building to be vacated.

Over the past six months, RTÉ Investigates has been investigating the rented accommodation market in Ireland as part of a special documentary due to air on RTÉ One.

During that time, RTÉ Investigates uncovered multiple breaches of regulations for the private rental sector, including serious breaches in relation to fire safety.

In the course of their investigation, the premises of a property in Crumlin (pictured above) came to the attention of the investigation team. They believed that the property posed an immediate danger to the tenants residing there.

Ahead of the programme to be broadcast, RTÉ Investigates reported the property and the concerns for the safety of the tenants to Dublin City Council.

On 4 October, the High Court granted an order to Dublin City Council to have the building vacated.

Justice Noonan described the premises as a “fire trap”.

Inspections revealed there were no escape routes or fire alarms along with a number of other safety issues.

In the programme, due to air on RTÉ One later this month, RTÉ Investigates will detail the shocking conditions uncovered in a number of rental properties across the country where many people are living in squalid, dangerous and overcrowded conditions.

Further information in relation to the programme will be released closer to broadcast.

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