The troubled Gleann Riada housing estate in Longford has hit the headlines again this morning after two incidents in which methane and carbon monoxide have been blamed for causing incidents including an explosion which, according to RTE, blew out a window and caused structural damage. There are no reports of injuries.
Gleann Riada, built by now-bankrupt Northern Ireland developer, Alastair Jackson and his Eassda Ireland Limited, was the scene of NAMA’s first demolition during the summer when an apartment block was levelled. The remainder of the sprawling estate was not affected by the demolition.
NAMA will not be pleased to hear the report this morning that €2m may be needed to repair the sewers serving the estate, as the Agency has only put aside a total of €3m to carry out repairs at all of its so-called ghost estates, believed to number about 30 housing estates dotted around the country.
RTE is reporting that the Health Services Executive is attending the site this morning for discussions with residents who have been advised not to light open fires in their living rooms.