Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Enda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
Hold on a second. The Deputy knows as well as I do when Priory Hall was built. The Building Control Act of 1990 clearly places responsibility for compliance with building regulations on the owner of the building concerned, and the builder and developer. We know the builder and developer has now been declared bankrupt but the enforcement of building regulations is the responsibility of the 37 local authorities. I agree that heads should be put together. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has been in touch and NAMA has offered some accommodation, as the Deputy knows. The Minister of State met some of the residents to hear their genuine concerns. There is a court case coming up and there are questions to be decided by it. I would like to think that heads could be put together once the issues decided upon by the Supreme Court become clear. This is not exceptional, however. It is very difficult for the people who have had to stay in hotels or other city premises with their families and belongings, and all the pressure that brings.