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Sunday 22 October 2017

Kenny told: 'do decent thing and meet struggling residents'

Stephanie Meehan at here home in Belmayne, Dublin.
Stephanie Meehan at here home in Belmayne, Dublin.

Lynne Kelleher

THE bereaved partner of Priory Hall resident Fiachra Daly has said she wants Enda Kenny to do the "decent thing" and meet the families who are stuck in limbo.

Stephanie Meehan's partner Fiachra Daly, who took his own life in July, was under stress over relentless demands to pay the mortgage on their home in the Dublin apartment complex, which was evacuated in October 2011 due to safety concerns.

The couple's mortgage with KBC Bank was paid off by Fiachra's life insurance policy – but the bank had written to Ms Meehan demanding payment of almost €17,000 in arrears and interest on the mortgage.

However, the shamed lender has since written off the debt.

But the mother-of-two said yesterday that she didn't want her own tragedy to take the spotlight off the uninhabitable apartment complex which has been lying idle for almost two years.

"It takes a huge amount of pressure off me but I think we need to concentrate on Priory Hall and not lose what's important," she said on the 'Tubridy' show.

The couple and their two children, along with 65 other families, were ordered to leave in October 2011 after fire safety problems and construction defects were found, but she told how they were pressured to pay their mortgage despite not being able to live in their home. She said she was hoping that Taoiseach Enda Kenny would now step up and meet the residents of Priory Hall and do the "decent thing".

"It is the least we deserve. "He is the one who can say to the banks, 'This is how we have to do things'.

"It is the decent thing for him to do at this point. I hope he will make contact with somebody from the residents (association)."

She added that she was very surprised to see the KBC bank issuing a statement about her mortgage before they met her for a pre-arranged meeting today, saying it was "very unprofessional of them".

Irish Independent

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