Wednesday 22 November 2017

Long legal battle over Priory Hall finishes

Tim Healy

THE long-running legal battle over the Priory Hall apartment complex in Dublin has ended.

The Supreme Court yesterday withdrew part of the orders made by the President of the High Court in October 2011 directing Dublin City Council to assume responsibility for the accommodation of the evacuated residents and the cost of storing belongings after concerns over fire safety at the apartments.

The final orders were agreed in proceedings brought by the council and involving Priory Hall developer Thomas McFeely and his Coalport Company Ltd.

Proceedings also involved developer Larry O'Mahony, while two residents of Priory Hall, Graham Usher and Sinead Power, were notice parties.

The Supreme Court also made an order setting aside that part of the High Court order directing the council to make up any shortfall between the rent payable by tenants receiving rent supplement in private rented accommodation and the actual rent.

The council will pay the notice parties' legal costs including those from the dispute resolution process chaired by retired judge Joseph Finnegan.

The five-judge court made the final orders in 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.

Irish Independent

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