Residents of a Longford housing estate, where dangerous and noxious gases have been discovered, have called on the HSE to halt work on the development of a primary healthcare centre adjacent to the site.

The Gleann Riada residents claim the sewerage system for the entire site is problematic and that the network for the new HSE primary care centre is connected to the same system as their development.

In a statement, the residents also claimed the storm water attenuation for the entire development is inadequate.

However, the HSE said it has been assured by the developer and owner of the site that all systems are up to the appropriate standard.

Gleann Riada residents have also written to the Co Longford Chief Fire Officer, pointing out health and safety concerns expressed about their homes by HSE National Director of Health Protection Dr Kevin Kelleher last Tuesday.

They have asked the fire officer to use his statutory powers to evacuate the development.