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Priory Hall families' mortgage deal hopes as debts mount

PRIORY Hall residents are to meet with the banking industry in the hope of negotiating some sort of deal on their mortgages.

Residents' spokesman Graham Usher said about 100 families who own homes in the firetrap complex in Donaghmede, north county Dublin, now fear they will be forced to pay their own accommodation costs on top of their mortgages when Dublin City Council appears at the Supreme Court later this month.

The council is seeking to appeal a High Court order requiring it to pay the cost of accommodating some 256 residents who were forced to leave the complex almost six months ago on October 17, 2011 over a range of fire and other safety hazards.