The Government has been defeated in a Dáil vote on a Green Party motion on building standards.

It is the first vote lost by the Government since Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s appointment.

TDs voted by 84 votes to 46 in favour of the motion put forward by the Greens to put an independent regulator in the form of an Irish building authority in place and abandon plans to allow the construction sector to continue self-regulation.

The motion was submitted by the Deputy Leader of the Party, Catherine Martin, before the Grenfell fire tragedy occurred in London last week.

Earlier in the Dáil, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said the Grenfell tragedy would prompt a re-evaluation of the approach fire safety, particularly in high-rise instances in Ireland.

She said the Minister for Housing had notified landlords of their responsibility regarding fire safety.

Later, the Government was defeated in its counter-motion against the Green Party's private members motion on building standards.