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Government inaction on Priory Hall unacceptable: McDonald

16 February, 2012

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described the Government’s inaction on Priory Hall as unacceptable and has called on the Environment, Community and Local Government Minister meet with residents.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Deputy McDonald said:

“More than 250 residents are in temporary accommodation since they were evacuated by a court order on 14 October 2011, well over 100 days ago.

“Despite the fact that evacuated residents have been out of their homes for several months the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan still refuses to meet with the residents.

“The plight of the residents has been compounded by a decision of the management of Dublin City Council to appeal the High Court ruling requiring the council to assist them with their emergency housing needs.

“That appeal is before the Supreme Court for mention this morning. The Tánaiste’s party, and Fine Gael, has repeatedly and correctly criticised the policies and the neglect that led to the property bubble, lax planning, building and fire safety regulations and enforcement.

“The Priory Hall evacuees were failed by the State on all these grounds.

“The reason residents were evacuated was because Priory Hall did not comply with fire safety. This week marks the 31st anniversary of the Stardust tragedy which should be a constant reminder to all of the terrible consequences of neglect of fire safety.

“When will the Government take the Priority Hall matter in hand? When will the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, meet with the residents? When will Phil Hogan help to co-ordinate the search for a solution involving all concerned – the Minister himself, the residents, Dublin City Council and the banks?” ENDS

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