Minister for the Enviroment Alan Kelly has said he believes that fire safety deficiencies identified at an apartment complex in Dublin have been replicated elsewhere.

It comes as the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland warns that current building regulations are not sufficient to ensure similar problems do not occur in the future.

Hundreds of residents at Longboat Quay face eviction from their homes, and bills of up to €18,000 to fix fire-safety deficiencies in the Dublin docklands development.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, Mr Kelly warned that similar problems will be identified elsewhere, including at one unnamed development in Co Kildare.

Blaming insufficient regulation in the past, Minister Kelly insisted that the Government has since improved legislation.

But the Royal Institute of Architects is warning that current building regulations do not provide adequate oversight and will not ensure these problems will be avoided in the future.

It is calling on Minister Kelly to urgently introduce a range of measures to improve building standards and better protect homeowners.

Among its proposals are the introduction of mandatory independent inspections, a statutory register of builders, and increased resourcing for local authorities.

Kelly willing to introduce emergency housing laws

Minister Kelly also said he is prepared to bring in emergency legislation to speed up planning for modular housing units in Dublin if it is needed. 

He said it is unlikely that he will need to introduce this legislation as he said everything was being done to help people who need emergency accommodation.

He said he aims to have "a certain amount" of modular units before Christmas.

On the same programme, Sinn Féin's Pádraig MacLochlainn criticised the Government's response to the housing crisis.

He said they need to release significant amounts of money to local authorities to build housing.

Deputy MacLochlainn said that modular housing is a short term solution and should not be a long term plan.