Concern that buildings in Dublin ae being divided into too many dwellings causing overcrowding and unsafe living conditions.

The Association of Combined Residents' Associations (ACRA) wants Dublin Corporation to enforce stricter regulation. Following the annual general meeting of ACRA Patrick O'Donoghue of Iona District talks about overcrowding in Dublin Corporation housing. ACRA intends to take high court action against Dublin Corporation.

Patrick O'Donoghue says that the main challenge in his area is that Dublin Corporation are permitting the conversion of dwellings into flats and bedsitters. Such overcrowded accommodation, according to Patrick O'Donoghue, has led to three major fires in the area.

These places are overloaded.

He blames Dublin Corporation for allowing this type of accommodation to develop and not enforcing the by-laws introduced in 1974. The demand for accommodation is being met through the provision of sub-standard units.

This is a city wide problem from Dundrum to Rathmines, Glasnevin, Drumcondra, it's all over and it's daily getting worse.

ACRA now plans to take High Court action against the Corporation for not insisting on their own laws.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 April 1978. The reporter is Colm Connolly.