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Priory Hall residents hold vigil in candlelight Sinead Collier with other Priory Hall residents during their candlelit vigil. Arthur Carron/Collins

THERE will be no stockings hung in the deserted Priory Hall this Christmas, writes Breda Heffernan.

The apartment complex was shrouded in darkness last night as over 100 former residents gathered for a candlelit vigil to mark their second Christmas away from home.

The 256 residents were forced from their homes 14 months ago after their apartment complex was found to be a firetrap. They have been living in "temporary" accommodation ever since.

"When we left we thought it'd be a temporary thing and we'd be in our house, if not by March this year then not long after that. Since then not a stone has been turned," said Stephanie Meehan who was there with her partner Fiacha Daly and children Oisin (7) and Cerys (20 months).

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