Fire chiefs concern about Dublin flats linked to IRA bombing suspect

Buckingham village apartments
Buckingham village apartments

Fire chiefs have raised concerns about safety in a Dublin apartment complex linked to a man named as a suspect in the IRA Manchester bombing.

Dublin City chief fire officer Patrick Fleming issued a number of directives for Buckingham Village apartments on Buckingham Street, after finding a range of concerns. 

It is understood the issues included fire escapes leading to padlocked gates, fire exits and stairs obstructed, broken fire alarms and fire extinguishers. 

A spokesperson for the Dublin Fire Brigade said the owners of the complex were informed on May 17 that they need to carry out works in order to be compliant with fire safety regulations. 

“The situation is being monitored and is under review,” said the spokesperson. 

Declan McCann (49) and his brother John (54), from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, own around 50 apartments in the complex. McCann bought a number of properties from veteran criminals Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch and Matt Kelly. Hutch and Kelly sold off properties in Dublin more than a decade ago to pay off CAB bills. 
Hutch is originally from the Buckingham Street area and Gardaí revealed how the silver van used by the Regency shooters was stored in the area before the attack. 

Declan McCann, who has no link to the Kinahan-Hutch feud, was named as a suspect in the 1996 Manchester bombing which injured more than 300 people, but strenuously denied any involvement in that incident. 

Between them Declan and John McCann own around 50 apartments in the complex while some apartments are owned by other individuals. 

Buckingham village is the latest apartment complex in Dublin to receive a fire safety order. 

Priory Hall in Donaghmede, north Dublin, had to be evacuated in 2011 due to fire safety concerns and structural problems. The complex was built by former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely, who spent 12 years in the Maze Prison for shooting an RUC officer.