Alarms raised over fire safety in city premises

By Sean Keane @seankeanekpnewss

A city centre Bed & Breakfast has been closed down by the fire service.

And up to 12 publicans are in danger of having their licences withheld because they have not yet complied with the fire regulations.

In a further development four other establishments, mainly flats, (three in the city and one in the Kells area) are also in danger of being closed down.

Among them are a number of high profile names and if there is not a considerable improvement in their fire safety procedures they too are in danger of being closed completely.

Each premises has been served with a Fire Safety notice and these follow complaints from members of the public and/or government agencies.

The landlords have been given up to six months to put their affairs in order and to bring the properties up to the acceptable level.

On Thursday, September 1 Michael Bambrick was served with a closure notice on No 10 Parliament Street, Kilkenny which had been operating as a bed and breakfast.

This followed an inspection following a complaint made to the fire officer.

The premises on which the order has been physically posted is located directly across the road from the courthouse and on the corner of the entrance to the Market Cross car park.

According to official sources, it was closed because of a number of deficiencies including a poor fire alarm system and the lack of a working emergency lighting.

And a number of licensing applications at Kilkenny District court last week were adjourned to allow the publicans involved time to comply with the fire regulations.

According to the fire service many are doing their best and are waiting on electricians and contractors to bring premises up to standard.

However, the final decision on granting a drinks licence lies with the District Court Judge and all the fire officer can do is object to the granting of a licence if circumstances require that.