Metro Hotel Fire

Posted March 23rd, 2018

This week incredible bravery from our Fire Services saved lives when the Metro Hotel caught fire – I addressed this in the Dáil. You can read my comments below.

A fire broke out in an apartment on the 13th floor of the Metro Hotel and apartment building in Ballymun at approximately 8 p.m. last night, Wednesday, 21 March 2018. The fire extensively damaged the 13th and 10th floors of the building. The building was evacuated successfully and there are no reports of missing persons or injuries at this point. Eleven units of Dublin Fire Brigade, comprising eight fire engines, two aerial appliances and the incident command unit, involving approximately 60 firefighters under the command of the chief fire officer, responded and assisted with evacuation, as well as fighting the fire.

At this point, I am sure Deputies on all sides will join with me in expressing appreciation to the emergency services and all others involved in responding to the incident last night. They are incredibly brave in the work they do.

I turn now to the fire safety task force. I established it in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy of 14 June 2017 in recognition of fears expressed for fire safety in Ireland. On 27 June 2017, I tasked my Department’s National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management with convening and co-ordinating a high level task force to lead Ireland’s reappraisal of fire safety.

Continue reading here.

To watch a video of the exchange in the Dáil, go here.