AN appeal by Dublin City Council arising from a High Court order evacuating the Priory Hall apartments in Dublin has been again adjourned amid hopes a final agreement will be reached.
The five judge Supreme Court was due to hear the council's appeal related to the October 2011 evacuation order which resulted in 41 families at the complex being housed in temporary accommodation at a cost of some €3m to the council.
The council is seeking clarification from the Supreme Court as to the scope of its functions under the Fire Services Act, under which the evacuation was sought because of a potential fire hazard in the apartment complex.
The appeal was first adjourned last May to facilitate a mediation process involving the residents and again came before the Supreme Court today.
Conleth Bradley SC, for the Council, said there had been a measure of progress achieved between the sides and all concerned wanted the matter adjourned to December 5 when it was hoped final orders could be made.
While considerable progress had been made, they were "just not there" but he hoped the court would be told on December 5 that the matter could be finally disposed of.
Chief Justice Justice Susan Denham, presiding, said the court would grant that adjournment.