Priory Hall & Longboat Quay: “I’m convinced there are others” | Taoiseach Enda Kenny


08 October 2015

Recent statements by the Taoiseach and Ministers suggest that problems similar to those in Longboat Quay may be widespread with more defective projects to emerge. A nationwide audit of all “celtic-tiger” buildings has been called for by Minister Brendan Howlin. The Department of the Environment are “not in favour” on grounds of cost and disruption to peoples lives (see link here).

To get the ball rolling on a nationwide audit of defective multi-unit housing projects, the Blog team have assembled a non-exhaustive list of recent defective multi-unit developments stretching from 2015 back to 2006 and beyond. We have only included developments that are already publicly known through the media.

But first, here’s here is what they said:

  • “I don’t know how many Priory Halls & Longboat Quays are out there, I’m convinced there are others” Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated Yesterday in the Dáil yesterday  (link to Dáil speech here)
  • “There are lots of legacies from the poisonous period of the Celtic Tiger”...Minister Brendan Howling has proposed an audit ( see Irish Times 07 October 2015 “Audit of Celtic Tiger apartments proposed by Howlin“) Extract: “A full audit of apartments and other buildings built during the “Celtic Tiger” period should be carried out by every local authority, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan has proposed…Speaking on his way into Cabinet on Tuesday, Mr Howlin said…“I think every local authority should set about ensuring that there’s a full audit of any apartments or buildings built during that period to ensure the residents and all of us that things are safe and as they should be.”
  • Minister Alan Kelly expects more housing developments to have defects (see RTE news link from 04 October 2015 here). Extract:  “Minister for the Enviroment Alan Kelly has said he believes that fire safety deficiencies identified at an apartment complex in Dublin have been replicated elsewhere… Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Kelly warned that similar problems will be identified elsewhere, including at one unnamed development in Co Kildare… Robin Mandal speaking for the Royal Institute of Architects is warning that current building regulations do not provide adequate oversight and will not ensure these problems will be avoided in the future.”

We have not included other developments to respect the privacy of owners and residents. Here’s what we know so far (In no particular order):


  1. Longboat Quay, Dublin (see RTE news link here)
  2. Gallery Quay, Dublin (see UTV news link here)
  3. Priory Hall, Dublin (see link here)
  4. Shangan Hall, Dublin (see pdf link here)
  5. Shankill, Dublin (see news link here)
  6. Balgaddy, Dublin (see Echo link here)
  7. Prospect Hill, Dublin (see Irish Independent link here)
  8. Belmayne, Dublin (see Irish Independent link here)
  9. Thornfield Square, Clondalkin, Dublin (see Irish Independent link here)
  10. Foxford Court, Lucan, Dublin (see Irish Independent link here)
  11. The Laurels, Dundrum, Dublin (see news link here)
  12. Ballymun, Dublin (see news link here)
  13. Gleann Riada, Longford (see Longford Leader link here)
  14. Millfield Manor, Newbridge, Kildare (see Irish Examiner link here)
  15. Old Court Estate,  Bray, Wicklow (see Irish Independent link here)
  16. Glentore, Athlone, Westmeath (see herald link here)
  17. Glending, Wicklow (see Irish Independent link here)
  18. Riverwalk Court, Ratoath, Meath (see Irish Examiner link here)
  19. Kentswood Court,  Navan, Meath (see Irish Times link here)
  20. Inishowen, Donegal (see news link here)
  21. Erris, Mayo (see Mayo News link here)
  22. Derrycorris, Edenderry, Offaly (see Offaly Express link here)
  23. Moneymore, Louth (see news link here)
  24. Ceol na hAbhann, Caherconlish, Limerick (see Limerick Leader link here)
  25. Dun Ard, Craughwell, Galway (see news link here)
  26. Moyross, Limerick (see Irish Examiner link link here)
  27. Parkland, Youghal, Cork (see Irish Examiner link link here)

NOTE : In compiling this post, 25 other estates affected by pyrite have not been named due to reporting restrictions (See “Location of 25 estates in pyrite probes to stay secret” Irish Independent )

Related Links:

Faulty blocks may affect up to 2000 homes  (see news Irish Examiner link here)

Eight in 10 new homes are never inspected for defects despite Priory Hall debacle  (see news Irish Independent link here)

Environmental experts inspected more than 5,000 homes in Dublin’s North and South Inner City and found that over 60pc required remedial works. (see news Irish Independent link here)

1 thought on “Priory Hall & Longboat Quay: “I’m convinced there are others” | Taoiseach Enda Kenny

  1. Andrew Alexander MRIAI

    “A full audit of apartments and other buildings built during the “Celtic Tiger” period should be carried out by every local authority,Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan has proposed”

    Using what resources? The 30 Euro fee for the Commencement Notice?


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