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Displaced residents have to pay €100 household charge

RESIDENTS of the Priory Hall apartment complex will be among the 1.6 million homeowners forced to pay a €100 household charge from next month -- despite being forced to leave their homes.

The residents of the Donaghmede development had to vacate their homes in October when Dublin City Council ruled the complex breached fire safety legislation.

They held a protest outside the Dail yesterday ahead of today's Supreme Court appeal by Dublin City Council.

The Supreme Court will hear the appeal from the council over an order which gave the local authority responsibility for covering the accommodation costs.

Residents have said that they have had no direct communication from the council over what will happen if it wins its appeal and no longer has to pay for emergency accommodation for the residents.

They are demanding a meeting with Environment Minister Phil Hogan and insisting the Government take some responsibility.

They say they can't afford to pay mortgages and rent on new properties, while the problem is being sorted.

Resident Darren Kelly said he was shocked to hear they would also have to pay the €100 household charge.

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