Call for action as cladding on Cork County Hall matches Grenfell Tower

The Green Party say there must be a 'systematic re-check' of buildings

Call for action as cladding on Cork County Hall matches Grenfell Tower

County Hall in Cork | Image: Facebook/Cork County Council

The Green Party want the Government to extend its fire safety audits, after it says cladding used in Cork County Hall is the same as that used in London's Grenfell Tower.

The party has called on the Government to extend its fire safety checks beyond multi-floor social housing units.

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin says the new Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy must order a 'systematic re-check' of fire safety in buildings.

"It’s extremely worrying that the flammable cladding, believed to have contributed to the spread of the awful fire in Grenfell Tower, was installed here in Ireland.

"Last week in the Dáil I welcomed the minister’s move to check local authority multi-storey housing stock, but asked why a nationwide audit of all multi-unit housing was not taking place.

"These audits must now be extended, and a systematic re-check of high rise buildings must take place in light of this discovery.

"We need to know how this cladding ended up being installed, and if it was used elsewhere."

Officials have said at least 79 people are feared to have died in the disaster in London, though they have warned that the number could go up.

It comes as 95 high-rise blocks across 26 local authorities in the UK have failed fire safety tests since the blaze.

Checks are being carried out on hundreds of tower blocks there, after it was established that the cladding on the 26-storey building helped the fire to spread.