Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Donnelly is calling on the government to immediately provide funding for adequate and sufficient fire safety equipment in light of the recent inferno in The Metro Hotel in Ballymun. Cllr. Donnelly also claims that the lives of Blanchardstown residents are at risk if this funding is not provided.
Commenting on the matter, Councillor Donnelly said “Firstly, I’d like to commend the bravery of the Dublin Fire Brigade, Gardaí, Dublin Airport fire service, other first responders and the staff of the hotel who acted so quickly to get people out to safety.”
“However, I am shocked and alarmed at the comments from one of the Fire Brigade’s representatives in relation to fire safety equipment and his direct mention of risks in Blanchardstown.”
“The government clearly knows the following now:
  • The extension ladders used to fight the blaze in Ballymun were bought second hand in 2006.
  • The ladders are now woefully short by about 10 metres to do the job properly.
  • The ladder equipment is stationed in Tara street which services the whole of Dublin.
“Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) firefighters have repeated demands for high-rise firefighting training as well as the provision of adequate resources.”
“Risk assessments must carried out for all high rise buildings so they can be referenced by DFB in case of a fire in these buildings at a moments call.”
“Since 1981, there has been no increase in the provision of high-reach fire appliances, despite the city having grown considerably since then.”
“The Liberty Insurance building, Crowne Plaza Hotel and adjoining Falcon’s View apartments along with a number of high rise commercial buildings up and around Ballycoolin are all situated in the greater Blanchardstown area. Hundreds of lives are at risk if our fire fighters are not adequately resourced to deal with a blaze situation in any of these buildings.”
“I’m asking people to email or phone An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar to register their concerns to ensure that our fire services are fit for purpose as quickly as possible.”

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