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Priory Hall residents must be securely housed by State that failed them – Ellis

18 October, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

The Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has roundly condemned the system of checks and balances which allowed the uninhabitable Priory Hall to be built.

Deputy Ellis has asked for a Dáil discussion on the issue and speaking on it today warned that this could be the tip of the iceberg in terms of below standard housing given the green light during the boom.

Deputy Ellis said:

“Priory Hall was signed off on based on the word of contractors and insufficient visual inspections. Now 240 people, many young families, have been forced to evacuate due to the risk posed by the condition of the apartments. Dublin City Council are footing a €4,000 a day bill for emergency accommodation.”

“The developers, the contactors and the inspectors must be investigated and those who have been negligent or guilty of cutting corners must be held accountable. The families, who have been uprooted, who've had to live in these terrible conditions, who were betrayed must get justice.”

“I will be calling on the Minister for Environment to investigate the possibility of using NAMA controlled housing to securely house these people who have been failed by the State’s checks and balances.”

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