Thursday 14 December 2017

No one held accountable for Priory Hall, demo told

PROTEST: Priory Hall residents attend a rally at the apartments yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin
PROTEST: Priory Hall residents attend a rally at the apartments yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin

THE "deathtrap" of the Priory Hall apartments in Donaghmede in Dublin is the most extreme example of modern Ireland where no one is held accountable, several hundred people who attended a protest march were told yesterday.

Families and supporters marched to the apartment site where a year ago residents were evacuated from their homes amid fears that the buildings were a fire trap, carrying placards reading: "What's another year, 10,000 tears and more financial fears."

Spokesman Graham Usher told the crowd the developer Tom McFeely had walked away from it all with no responsibility.

He said Environment Minister Phil Hogan had used every excuse in the book not to meet them. "He needs to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem," he said adding that the Government has turned its back on the residents.

Mr Usher said they had been failed by the political system. He described Priory Hall as the "worst and most extreme example of modern Ireland, where no one is held accountable".

One resident, Stephanie Meehan, told of the stress of living in Nama houses and apartments after saving for their own home in Priory Hall and with residents now facing paying 30-year mortgages for "deathtraps".

She said last Christmas her six-year-old son Oisin had to be re-assured that Santa knew where he lived in their temporary accommodation.

Sunday Independent

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