Why we may never know where Ireland's unsafe buildings are

A chartered surveyor has said people paying to fix defects cannot continue

Why we may never know where Ireland's unsafe buildings are

Pictured is a property with fire damage in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

Tests in Britain have revealed that at least 11 tower blocks across England are fitted with combustible cladding.

The towers are in eight local authority areas.

People living in the 16-storey blocks have received letters telling them their homes are clad with a combustible material similar to that at Grenfell Tower.

Around 600 high-rise buildings in England are believed to be fitted with some form of cladding, the British Government has said.

Theresa May said local authorities and fire services were "taking all possible steps" to ensure the towers are safe, while hundreds more buildings are due to be checked.

The UK government is performing tests on 100 tower blocks a day, with results coming back "within hours", Mrs May said.

Here, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy wants local authorities to ensure all its multi-storey social housing has proper fire safety measures in place.

Minister Murphy has met with Dublin's Chief Fire Officer and is to meet with all Chief Fire Officers across the country in the coming days and weeks.

Speaking in the Dáil on Thursday, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said recently built apartment blocks should be audited to make sure they are not at risk of a fire disaster.

Kevin Hollingsworth is from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

He told Newstalk Breakfast action still has to be taken.

"There's been statements, but these statements are broad and how they will actually be done is (still) to be established at this moment".

The Society of Chartered Surveyors has made a submission to Government outlining that there may be scores of unsafe buildings that were constructed during the Celtic Tiger era.

"I have extensive experience of finding and remedying these defects, and it is hard-working honest citizens who are funding this at the moment - and that can't continue".

"People want to keep them out of the media because as soon as they're in the media or known about, the value of the property is hindered.

"So it is a strategy by people who find the problems - 'lets fix it as quietly as possible'.

"In any audit strategy that the Government put forward, that right has to be respected.

"I don't know how they're going to do this audit - the local authorities aren't adequately resourced... so there needs to be some real constructive thinking and maybe some collaboration between the professionals and the Government on how this can actually be achieved".