Owners are facing bills of up to €60,000 to remediate severe mould, collapsing roof canopies, rotting balconies and lack of fire-safety measures. Photograph: iStock

An estimated 92,000 apartments built during boom could be affected by legacy defects

Some owners are facing bills of up to €60,000 to remediate severe mould, collapsing roof canopies, rotting balconies and an extensive lack of fire-safety measures. Photograph: iStock

‘No plans’ to extend facility, says Donohoe, as owners’ group criticises ‘discrimination’

Andrew Prior and Kath Cottier from the Construction Defects Alliance outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Alliance urges tax relief scheme as it warns of ‘tragic consequences’ of delaying work

Apartments at  Park West Pointe, in Park West business park, in west Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Crescent Building in Dublin 12 comprises 10 blocks of 257 apartments built in 2003

Properties with fire safety defects such as these can legally be sold. Photograph: iStock

Sherry FitzGerald says it is making potential buyers ‘fully aware’ fire safety work is needed

Ciara Holland, a member of the Construction Defects Alliance who had to pay €16,250 to fix fire safety issues  at her Dublin home, will be participating in the first meeting of a group established to consider the issue of defective housing.

Group, set up in response to problems with boom-era homes, meets for first time on Friday

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November 2019: Ciara Holland, owner of a defective apartment built by Tudor Homes, protests with supporters outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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Andrew Prior and Kath Cottier from the Construction Defects Alliance outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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Kath Cottier, a Director of Beacon South Quarter, and Andrew Prior, an owner there, outside Leinster House, as they prepare to set up a lobbying group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New lobby group for apartment owners is seeking Government backing for scheme of redress

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin  at the Beacon South Quarter in Dublin. ‘People are fearful of their complex being named and their house values dropping as a result.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Politicians seldom get past gates of apartment complexes to discuss defects issues

Apartment owner Andrew Prior and Kath Cottier, head of new lobbying group the Construction Defects Alliance, outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State redress sought by apartment owners from more than a dozen different complexes

Hines is behind the redevelopment of the former Central Bank building on Dame Street. Image: Google Street View

Hines claims new regulations could add €11,000 to construction cost of each flat

An Irish Times investigation, which began in December 2018, has uncovered building defects in 33 developments across Ireland. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Bill aims to help homeowners by providing advice, mediation and risk assessments

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Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said homeowners in Dublin and Kildare are facing significant costs to address latent faults uncovered in their properties. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Damien English told to ‘get your head out of the sand’ and help homeowners fix defects

A preliminary investigation by management company KPM uncovered a range of fire-safety issues at Simonsridge. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fire safety shortcomings estimated to cost €11,000-€14,000 per apartment to remedy

 Frascati Hall: apartments  sold for between €342,000 and €900,000 when they first went to the market in 2006

Some apartments at Frascati Hall have rotting window frames and balconies

File photograph: The owner in question, who does not want to be named, said he first noticed a severe mould problem with his apartment shortly after he moved in, at the beginning of 2006. Photograph: iStock

Engineer’s report found severity of mould posed significant risk to human health

John Gormley outside his home in Oak Grove, Derrinturn, Co Kildare. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Defects in new buildings can leave owners in huge debt, with little legal recourse

Niamh Towey drives a Dublin Bus at it makes a female recruitment bid. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

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Niamh Towey: Things had been getting on top of me over the last few months. I wasn’t fully in control

Cathedral Court in Dublin 8. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Company wants private owners to pay to fix serious defects in the development

Cearbhall Beggan, the only private owner and volunteer director on the board of the Cathedral Court OMC. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sherborough Enterprises wants to replace only private owner on the board

 Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said ‘there is a lot more work that has to be done’ in dealing with building defects.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Report urges creation of housing regulatory authority to tackle ‘huge issue’ of building faults

Cearbhall Beggan, who lives in Cathedral Court on Clanbrassil Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Owner feels he is being ‘bullied’ off board for questioning levying of remedial charges

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy during a housing summit in the Custom House with Minister of State Damien English and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee Maria Bailey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Owners of Dublin 8 apartments each face €5,300 bill over fire safety and balcony defects

Serious balcony and fire safety defects have been identified at Cathedral Court in Dublin 8. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Firm expects apartment owners to cover cost of addressing balcony and fire safety issues

Gabrielle Kavanagh  on a balcony  at Cathedral Court, Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gabrielle Kavanagh is one of the owners hit with bills to fix safety issues at a D8 complex

Since 2012, the fire service has inspected 7,809 premises, including 890 apartments. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Cost of corrective action poses challenges for owners’ management firms

A preliminary investigation by management company KPM uncovered a range of potential fire safety issues at Simonsridge. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Developer Shannon Homes told to conduct assessment on 632-unit Simonsridge build

 Priory Hall apartment complex in 2012 after residents had been evacuated.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Orla Hegarty says new-home regulations ‘not fit for purpose’ as developers pay inspectors

Roof damage at the Hyde Square apartments in Kilmainham, Dublin.

Eoghan Murphy says such a move would put taxpayers at risk and potentially let off builders

Roof damage at the Hyde Square apartments in Kilmainham, Dublin.

Green Party TD says issues identified by Irish Times investigation ‘an enormous public safety issue’

Gabrielle Kavanagh  on a balcony  at Cathedral Court, Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fire safety and other construction issues have dogged Irish apartments

Image from circa 2007 sales brochure for Hyde Square, Kilmainham.

Survey revealed extensive roof problems and fire safety issues at Hyde Square

Apartment owners at Hyde Square in Kilmainham have been presented with bills of almost €11,000 each for the repair of their decaying roof. Photograph: Google Earth

Residents in four Celtic Tiger-era developments face steep bills, eviction and costly litigation

From left are  Barbara Byrne, Hazel Gleeson, Mai Barrett and Joanne Tyrrell at Marrsfield Avenue apartments in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Tenants in Dublin 13 block call for State funding to fix Celtic-Tiger era building defects

Fire safety issues like those seen in St James’s Wood are common in many apartment buildings built during the boom. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fire safety issues and structural defects are common in many boomtime apartments

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Defects like those seen in St James’s Wood in Kilmainham, Dublin 8 are unfortunately very common throughout developments built during the celtic tiger. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Q&A: St James’s Wood is far from the only development with serious fire safety issues


Community to remain in homes for Christmas but remedial costs set to hit €1.78m

St James’s Wood apartments, Kilmainham. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Residents fear block will be closed down but building ‘unlikely’ to be evacuated quickly

Apartment owners at St James’s Wood in Kilmainham are facing a €3 million bill to remedy remedy fire-safety issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Kilmainham complex just one of many Celtic Tiger blocks with issues, surveyor says

St James’s Wood fire risk: the owners of the 119 apartments have been told it could cost up to €26,000 each to remedy the issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St James’s Wood complex built by respected Cosgrave Property Group in 2000

St James’s Wood: fire-safety issues could shutter the Dublin 8 development. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St James’s Wood, in Kilmainham, not built to fire-safety certificate requirements

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