Donegal has the country’s third worst record in home safety inspections

It's reported that eight out of 10 new homes are never inspected by local authorities for fire hazards and structural defects, with even less happening in Donegal.

The Irish Independent says that's despite the fallout from the Priory Hall controversy in Dublin.

Local authority inspectors are supposed to carry out random checks on new buildings.

However, a report comparing the performance of each local authority, seen by the newspaper, found that not one house or apartment was inspected in Co Galway or in North Tipperary in 2011.

Donegal is the third worst performing county according to the paper's figures, with an inspection rate of 8%, compared to a national average of 22%.