Dáil debates

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

1:00 pm

Photo of Batt O'KeeffeBatt O'Keeffe (Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing, Urban Renewal and Developing Areas, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)

The question of installing fire doors in existing houses adapted by the installation of lifts in order to meet the needs of people with disabilities will be considered in the context of the next review of part B, fire safety, of the building regulations. Local authorities have an overall role in ensuring local authority dwellings meet the needs of tenants and safety is an important consideration in this regard. In cases where remedial or improvement works are being undertaken, these will generally seek to enhance fire and other safety aspects. My Department will consider submissions from local authorities on such matters and will support appropriate remedial measures as required.

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