User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Of Tankies, Trots and Social Democrats Thu May 12, 2016 23:41 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Avatars of the Advanced-Capitalist Psyche – Capitain America: Civil War Mon May 09, 2016 00:07 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

offsite link The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Broadcaster George Hook accuses politicians of tax evasion

offsite link The toxic link between police and politics Anthony

offsite link The cesspool that is Irish politics Anthony

offsite link Finian McGrath cashes in his principles Anthony

offsite link Vincent Browne: Blind to what’s coming down the road Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Kiev Junta?s victims sue Ukraine for hundreds of millions in ECHR, by Scott Tue May 24, 2016 23:50 | Scott
Ukraine SITREP May 25, 2016   Since the beginning of the week the biggest news has been information released by Vladimir Markin, Head of Media Department of the Investigative Committee

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria & Iraq, May 24, 2016 (+ funny article!) Tue May 24, 2016 18:00 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/international-... Addendum: check out this funny article too: https://southfront.org/southfront-is-... Note by the Saker: as a longtime wannabe “Putin agent” I am jealous of SouthFront!  Considering the superb performance of the

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/05/24 ? Open Thread Tue May 24, 2016 15:00 | Herb Swanson
2016/05/24 14:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war Tue May 24, 2016 14:52 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar for RT So foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-nations met in Brussels for a two-day summit, while mighty military power Montenegro was inducted as a new

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria, May 23, 2016 Tue May 24, 2016 04:23 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/international-...

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link Minority Government, Human Rights, and the Opportunity for Constitutional Dialogue Fri May 06, 2016 11:36 | Ntina Tzouvala

offsite link Intensifying the glare of the United Nations? spotlight Wed May 04, 2016 06:46 | GuestPost

offsite link PhD studentships at DCU Fri Apr 29, 2016 17:15 | Eoin Daly

offsite link The Role of Sport in the Recognition of Transgender and Intersex Rights Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:54 | Eoin Daly

offsite link Call for Papers: ?International and Comparative Law in the 21st Century: Lessons learned?? Wed Mar 23, 2016 17:58 | GuestPost

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Fire in Tom Kelly Flats Leaves Many People Trapped in their Homes

category dublin | housing | news report author Thursday October 31, 2013 11:37author by Nico Report this post to the editors

A fire broke out this morning at around 2am in Tom Kelly Flats, Charlemont Street, leaving many people trapped inside their homes.

Residents in the 3rd – Block were woken to the yells of “Fire!” by a concerned neighbour in the adjacent block, as the blaze quickly engulfed the main hall and stairway.

img_1529.jpg

Stacks of pallets had been stored there last night by local youths in preparation for Halloween celebrations. The pallets were then set alight by person(s) unknown, creating a substantial blaze and cutting off all access to the block.

From the time a distress call was made to the fire service, it was a full 25 minutes before they reached the trapped residents inside the block of flats. Later on the fire Chief stated, it would have taking longer to reach the trapped residents if any more of the pallets inside had also caught fire.

Currently, there are no fire exits in any of the blocks. If the fire had in any way been more significant, the residents, some of whom were young children, had absolutely no means of escaping its path, and no other option than to sit it out and wait for the fire service to come to their aid.

This is highly unacceptable!

Having to solely rely on how quickly the fire service can reach you within a giving time is dicing with death.

Organising an escape route is an essential and basic planning procedure in reducing the risk of injury by fire. The residents of Tom Kelly Flats do not have this basic requirement.

This isn’t the first time fire has caused dangerous and unsafe conditions for the residents living here. In the early 80’s, the roof from the same block of flats was set ablaze, causing extensive damage allegedly responsible for many of the problems existing now in the block such as a leaky roof, and mould growth.

Thankfully this time a near and potential disaster was narrowly avoided, and nobody was seriously hurt!

img_1539.jpg

img_1541.jpg

img_1533.jpg

img_1530.jpg

author by Tpublication date Thu Oct 31, 2013 21:06Report this post to the editors

Are these old flats? If so does that explain why there is no fire exit? I find it hard to believe that there is none and if not then this should be made a priority with the council

author by Nicopublication date Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:56Report this post to the editors

You are correct, the flats are very old, but this doesn't excuse why there are no fire exists. The are fire exist extensions that can be applied to the exterior of the building, this is what we need to pressure the council into installing!

author by Tpublication date Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:21Report this post to the editors

As far as I know there has been at least one case where apartments built during the boom had an inadequate fire exits and the council & safety inspectors declared the building unsafe and all the residents had to move out and that is more than a year ago while works were carried out to fix them up.

So it seems that there is some kind of mechanism there to get it fixed although again I stress the safety rules are different depending on the building age, but I know there is a minimum.

Also a few years back the Seomra Spraoi crowd got a building near the centre of town, but they after they spent a lot of effort doing it up, then were then raided and barred from using the building because of "fire safety regulations". So it seems when they want to, the State very willingly uses these rules. It strikes me that they don't seem the residents of the flats as a priority, so I think you / they need to find out what they various bylaws and safety rules are so they know where they stand and then to start applying real pressure.

author by Des - nonepublication date Fri Nov 01, 2013 19:20Report this post to the editors

Of course they are not a priority, they're working class people

 
© 2001-2016 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy