A property co-owned by Prime Minister Robert Troy is under investigation for alleged unauthorized development.
The property in Dublin, in a development where one-bedroom units rent for over €1,500 a month, also has no fire rating.
Dublin City Council (DCC) was previously investigating the unauthorized construction of emergency stairs at the rear of the same property, which was subdivided into four rental units by Mr Troy and his business partner.
Mr Troy is under pressure for failing to fully disclose details of his property interests in the Dáil register.
He announced yesterday that he has nine rental properties and receives housing benefit for five tenants.
The Fianna Fáil TD told RTÉ that its properties comply with all regulations, including fire codes.
But the Irish Independent can reveal that in July 2020 DCC issued a formal warning letter and opened an investigation into alleged unauthorized outside working hours development at the Rathdown Road property in Phibsborough.
The Council’s Planning Enforcement Office said yesterday the file was still open.
Under planning law, the council can initiate enforcement proceedings for unauthorized developments, with a person found guilty of a fine of up to €10 million, imprisonment of up to two years, or both.
The council also separately confirmed that there is no fire safety certificate on record for the property jointly owned by Mr Troy and his business partner John Noel McGivney.
Mr Troy’s spokesman did not respond to inquiries about these matters last night.
The TD said last week that it sold the garden on this property in 2020 but declined to give further details.
The development consists of two one bedroom and two two bedroom apartments. One of the one-bedroom units went on sale on rent.ie earlier this year for €1,550 a month.
“The minister made extensive statements on this today and answered questions comprehensively. Should any further questions arise, he will be happy to answer them when the Dáil returns,” his spokesman said.
Following a complaint in 2015, the DCC’s Enforcement Office said in 2016 that the metal escape stairs were “inconsistent with the character of the structure itself and neighboring structures”.
Mr Troy and Mr McGivney later applied to the Council for planning for the unauthorized development – known as a retention permit – which they approved.
The DCC Enforcement Office’s filing also shows that in 2015 and 2016 the local authority investigated allegations that Mr Troy and Mr McGivney had not planned to refurbish and convert the building – which had been split into seven units – into four received housing units.
DCC found that the property was a pre-1963 development, that no building permit was required to subdivide the property, and informed the applicant that it could not take enforcement action.
Asked for a report from The ditch that Mr Troy had not received a fire certificate for the property, DCC said: “There is no fire certificate on the register for this address.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/property-co-owned-by-junior-minister-robert-troy-probed-for-breaching-planning-laws-41933114.html Property co-owned by Prime Minister Robert Troy and under investigation for violating planning laws