Press Release

SIPTU seeks urgent meeting with Minister Eoghan Murphy on multi-storey fire safety

Date Released: 19 June 2017

SIPTU Fire Service representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the newly appointed Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, in relation to his request that local authorities review fire safety in multi-storey social housing blocks.

SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, John King, said: “I have written to the Minister this evening (Friday, 16th June) requesting an urgent meeting with him following his press release on fire safety in multi-storey social housing blocks in response to the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

“Earlier today the Minister announced that he has requested that local authorities urgently review fire safety in these buildings. This review is to ensure that early warning systems, including alarm and detection systems, and means of escape including corridors, stairways and emergency exits, are fully functional and in place.”

He added: “The Minister will be aware that the issue of fire safety in buildings is of critical importance to our members in the fire services and that they have been seeking to make progress on these matters for a number of years. This has included attempts to progress critical issues in relation to fire safety such as intervention windows and safe systems of work for fire fighters through the Fire Services National Oversight and Implementation Group (FSNOIG), which was established by the then Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly.”


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