AON Defective Apartment Developments event: May 3rd 2017

May 3rd 2017

The Apartment Owners Network (AON) are meeting this evening, Wednesday 3rd May  2017 in the Wood Quay venue at the Dublin City Council offices in Wood Quay, Dublin.   The meeting will specifically deal with defective residential developments.

There are over 30 large residential projects known to have significant defects- a list is included at the bottom of the post.  Despite more projects discovered with significant defects, Ireland retains a unique system of self-certification building control with little state oversight of construction.

From the AON website (link here):

“Solicitors Peter Kearney and Deirdre Ní Fhloinn will present to us on “Dealing with defects in apartment developments: investigation, options and solutions.”

While there has been a small number of heavily publicised incidents of construction defects discovered in Irish apartment blocks, there is significant anecdotal evidence that this issue is more widespread than a handful of buildings. Problems with many Celtic Tiger-era blocks are only coming to light for the first time now.

What actions can owners take to minimise the financial risk of construction defects? What rights do owners have if they discover defects? What role can/should the Owner Management Company play? What lessons can be learned from experience to date?

We are delighted to have both Peter and Deirdre address our meeting on this significant issue for the apartment sector. Both have extensive experience on the topic and we look forward to hearing from them… The presentation will be followed by an open discussion and Q&A session.”

With recently announced massive stimulus measures aimed at the private housing sector by Minister Coveney, worryingly the state still has no role in testing compliance with building standards.  Remarkably, Ireland has maintained a unique ‘hands-off’ 100% system of self-certification of building standards, where developers can employ private building inspectors directly.  The spectre of owners seeking redress for defects for years through the courts will be with us for some time to come.


  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)
  28. Elm Park, Merrion Road (see Irish Independent link here)
  29. Holywell estate, Swords, Dublin (See Sunday Business Post link here)
  30. The Cubes, Sandyford, Dublin (See Independent 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). Homes and estates affected by mica in Donegal similarly have not been included (See Pyrite + Mica | Continuing Problems)


Other posts of interest:

Defective “Celtic Tiger” projects : The Cubes | Look Back 17

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

Here’s How to Avoid Another Longboat Quay: Dublin Inquirer | Look Back 15

Longboat Quay | Irish Times Letters to the Editor

First Priory Hall, then Longboat Quay…now schools | Irish Examiner

“Risky housing sale outrageous but legal” | Longboat Quay

Complaint Procedures & Construction Industry Register? | Look Back 19

97% of Cork rental homes failed safety checks | Irish Examiner

The State still has no function in testing compliance of building regulations

Housing crisis and building inspection | Eoin O’Cofaigh

FACTCHECK: “If my house is defective, Do I have any rights?”

Firetrap Homes | “Fingal CoCo ‘head in the sand’ approach to building control”

Examiner | Housing Defects Special 

Michael Clifford: “when will we address cracks in construction?” Irish Examiner

You can still buy a non-compliant home…and it’s all perfectly legal | SI.9 Loopholes

Is the scene set for another Priory Hall? | Look Back 11

Defective schools | Are our children safe?

2 thoughts on “AON Defective Apartment Developments event: May 3rd 2017

  1. Michael Tweed

    Every house, duplex, and apartment where black mould occurs is non-compliant with Building Regulation F1 which states that “Adequate means of ventilation shall be provided for people in buildings. This shall be achieved by (a) limiting the moisture content of the air within the building so that it does not contribute to condensation and mould growth, and (b) limiting the concentration of harmful pollutants in the air within the building. I wonder how long that list is?

  2. Michael O'Neill

    Everyone is playing the building regulations game within limits set by people who peddle the myth that energy is scarce and costly to buy

    Certainly you can spend a lot of money drying out the internal air, which can be a challenge if you have a young family living in a house

    From memory dry rot likes a temperature between 18-22 degrees C and 80-90% relative humidity

    Above a certain temperature (24 degrees C?) it cannot live

    Has anyone done a study of how increasing the internal temperature to say 25 degrees C decreases the likelihood of mould growth, regardless of insulation amount, location or type?

    Or how a higher indoor temperature confers benefits to older people whose metabolisms have slowed in combating some of the effects of aging like rheumatism?

    Its time we stopped looking at life through the carbon units spectacles and started making it people-centered again.

    All we need is an affordable source of energy that doesn’t produce carbon dioxide as a by-product.

    How hard can that be?

    Lets start asking questions like that

    I for one am sick of austerity measures


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