30 Nov 2021

Concern over ‘hold up’ of cladding fire safety analysis in Kilkenny

Risk: Council now waiting almost four months for outcome of cladding assessment on properties

Grenfell Tower

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A local councillor is concerned with fire safety standards in the county and is to ask Kilkenny County Council why there is a “hold up” on the cladding analysis at three properties.

The Council is “still awaiting the outcome of fire safety assessments” on three properties in Kilkenny with cladding on them – over 15 weeks after the local authority made an initial survey.

Sinn Féin Cllr Seán Tyrell said: “I’m concerned with fire regulations and fire safety standards in Kilkenny after the tragic events on June 14 in Grenfell Tower.”

Cladding - used in the Grenfell Tower block and blamed for the rapid spread of the fire which killed at least 80 people in London – was found in three Kilkenny residential properties greater than six storeys.

Cladding is a covering on a structure; the material is often used to insulate buildings and also used in part to improve their appearance.

The Kilkenny People revealed that almost four months since the cladding was first highlighted – the Council are still awaiting the outcome of the fire safety assessment from the owners.

With regard to the delay in the fire safety assessment, Cllr Tyrell added: “I will be bringing this up at the earliest possibility with Kilkenny County Council to find out what the hold up with the fire safety assessment report being carried out.

“We need to determine what type of cladding was used, whether it meets fire-safety standards and whether it was installed properly in any and all buildings and going forward we do not use similar cladding.”

John Collins, Chief Fire Officer at Kilkenny County Council, said: “We have had further engagement, but we are still awaiting the fire safety assessments.”

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