Sentinel site a tragedy waiting to happen: Saul

by Emma Nolan
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A DANGEROUS unfinished building in Sandyford is a “tragedy waiting to happen”, says Cllr Barry Saul (FG).
A number of local teens have been gaining access to the 13-storey Sentinel building, with photographs posted on social media showing individuals perching on ledges of the tower.
The unfinished building has been described as an “eye-sore” that overlooks Sandyford, Stillorgan and Dundrum.
More graffiti has appeared on the site, and the Jolly Roger pirate flag has been placed on the top floor, which shows that illegal access is occurring often at the site.
The site was left unfinished when Cork developer John Fleming declared bankruptcy in England due to debts of more than €1 billion in 2010.
The site remained idle and was first declared derelict in late 2013, when the building was bought by Galway developers, the Comer Brothers.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council told The Gazette in April that the Sentinel building “does not constitute a derelict site in accordance with the Derelict Sites Act 1990”.
However, councillors have called on the council to place the building on the Derelict Sites register.
Cllr Barry Saul (FG) said: “We have been assured that adequate protections will be put in place in order to prevent unlawful entry … the dangerous building legislation is being used due to the seriousness of the issue.
“A number of local teenagers continue to gain access to this site, and it is a potential tragedy waiting to happen. In 2012, I succeeded in having this building placed on the derelict site register, and works were carried out to secure the site.
“Pictures of teenagers on the 12th storey of this building [show]a potential tragedy waiting to happen.”
A spokesperson for the Comer Brothers told The Gazette that they were surprised to hear the news that people had been gaining access to the building. “We are taking the matter very seriously,” they said.
The spokesperson also confirmed that their intention is to “be on site by the end of the year to start enabling work to finish out the development.”

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