Students have been asked to leave their rented accommodation over safety concerns.

More than 40 students have been told to leave their rented accommodation in North Dublin city after the High Court granted an injunction preventing the building from being used for residential purposes.

Until yesterday, over 40 students were living in this unfinished building off Dorset Street.

The building, which is still under construction, was described by the Dublin Fire Brigade as posing a serious safety risk to the inhabitants. The students, who have paid a €600 deposit now say they have nowhere to go.

Student Gemma Keenan explains that while she knew the building was not complete, she was under pressure to move in as the academic year began.

Inside the building, wires have been left exposed, smoke detectors have not been fully installed, and paintwork is unfinished. Students had also complained of disruptions to the water and electricity supply in the building. Dublin Fire Brigade had received complaints about the building and went to the High Court to seek an injunction requiring residents to leave.

Claire MacCartney, Assistant Fire Prevention Officer at Dublin Fire Brigade, explains that their priority is public safety and they had no alternative but to seek the injunction.  

The building will have to be completely finished and certified before the students will be allowed to return.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 October 2005. The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.