Friday 15 December 2017

Priory Hall residents call for agency co-operation on crisis

Aoife Finneran

MORE than 100 days after they were evacuated amid safety concerns, the former residents of the Priory Hall apartment complex in north Dublin yesterday called for multi-agency co-operation to solve the crisis.

Some 500 people attended a march through the streets of Donaghmede yesterday.

Several residents have been given a moratorium on their mortgage repayments but the majority of these are due to expire at the end of this month.

Residents' spokesman Darren Kelly yesterday insisted there would be no solution to the crisis "until the Government sits down and talks with us".

He added: "The only way a solution can be found is if the residents, Dublin City Council, the Government and lending institutions sit down and come up with a long-term solution."

Protester John Doyle told the Irish Independent: "It makes my blood boil. This place is unfixable."

Dublin City Council is paying accommodation and other costs for the majority of residents, as required by a High Court order. However, it is appealing the order and the case will be mentioned in the Supreme Court this Thursday.

Developer Thomas McFeely and his company Coalport Ltd were given five weeks to carry out urgent fire safety works but were ordered off the site in November after a breach of court orders was found.

Socialist party TD Clare Daly told yesterday's gathering that the complex should now be "torn down".

Irish Independent

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