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Sunday 18 February 2018

Priory Hall homeowner is 'angry and disappointed' with the State

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

ONE of those evacuated from Priory Hall told yesterday of their growing anger and disappointment at being left "in limbo".

Fiona Kurt (35) used money inherited from her parents and all her savings to purchase a two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of the development in 2007.

Her friend had bought there for €245,000, yet by the time Fiona came to sign on the dotted line the price was €335,000.

"Both of my parents had passed away. I'd a bit of money and something saved. I'd no safety net, so I thought if I bought it outright I'd always have a home, if I got sick or lost my job I'd be secure. That isn't how it turned out," said the mother of one, who is now living in a NAMA property in Belmayne in Dublin with her husband Halil and daughter Dilan, who turns one in three weeks.

From the start there was a litany of problems with the property -- with dropping water pressure, mouldy patches under the radiators, windows moving and woodlice. She said any remedy carried out by the builders at the time was the "quickest and cheapest" solution.

After being evacuated from Priory Hall in October last year, Fiona and her family were temporarily accommodated in the Regency Hotel before being moved to Belmayne.

Fiona said the former residents of the problem-ridden development felt no one was taking responsibility for the mess that had unfolded.

"I'm so angry and disappointed in my own Government," she said.

Irish Independent

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