TAOISEACH Enda Kenny said today that residents of the controversial Priory Hall complex will not have to return to it as part of a resolution of their situation currently being ironed out by the Government.
“None of them as far as I can understand want to go back to Priory Hall again and we need to find an alternative situation here,” he told RTE’s Morning Ireland in an interview.
Mr Kenny also opened the door for discussions on alternative mortgage arrangements for residents on the day after he met grieving Priory Hall resident Stephanie Meehan whose partner Fiachra Daly took his own life after sustained pressure from banks due to mortgage arrears on their homes.
“Our main concern is for those people who have these apartments as their homes and are now being billed for mortgages,” he said of those who had to move from the Dublin complex when it emerged that Priory Hall was a fire hazard.
Commenting on the long-awaited banking inquiry into the collapse of the financial system in 2008, Mr Kenny said the issue would be discussed by Government ‘within the next couple of weeks.”
However, he warned that the issue was ‘very complex’ and he didn’t want to interfere with any ongoing legal issues.
When asked whether the public knew enough about the affairs of Fine Gael’s Minister for State for Small Business John Perry after he and his wife consented to judgment for €2.47m in loans earlier this year, Mr Kenny said he felt Mr Perry had explained his situation.
“If he wants to state the arrangements he has with Danske Bank,” he added.
Heading into the upcoming referendum on the future of Seanad Eireann, Mr Kenny would not explain why he would not debate the issue on TV.
“I’ll debate it here, I’ll debate it anywhere. Fianna Fail have already said in the past the Senad should be gotten rid of,” he said.
Mr Kenny said the level of cuts in the upcoming budget have yet to be finalised – the target for 2014 is €3.1bn.
“It’s going to be very tough anyway,” he said.
“Whether it’s €3.1bn, €2.8bn or €2.5bn.”