Commenting on press reports that the government is to initiate talks regarding Priory Hall, involving the banks and Dublin City Council, Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor, Mícheál Mac Donncha, who represents the area, said: "We need clarity from the government about what it proposes to do about Priory Hall. If it is taking a lead on this scandal then that is welcome, albeit two years overdue.
“The government needs to inform all the former residents and to state publicly exactly what it is proposing. The first thing it must do is to knock the banks' heads together as the different mortgage lenders are treating Priory Hall evacuees differently, in many cases causing huge distress.
“A cobbled together arrangement involving a long drawn out reconstruction of Priory Hall will not, in my view, be acceptable to the former residents. The banks must make clear that they are prepared to transfer the mortgages to other properties for the former residents.
“These evacuees have suffered too long and a resolution should be under way before the second anniversary of the evacuation." END