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Priory Hall evacuees need continued public support – Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha

23 April, 2012


Priory Hall evacuees need continued public support – Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha

Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has welcomed the proposed resolution process for Priory Hall, has urged the lending instititions to "engage fully and generously" and has called for continued public support for the evacuated residents.
He said:
"The proposed resolution process chaired by Justice Joseph Finnegan gives hope of a way forward for the Priory Hall evacuees and I welcome it. Having worked closely with the residents’ committee and having attended the meeting of residents at the weekend which endorsed the talks process unanimously, I want to pay tribute to their commitment and persistence. This process should have commenced six months ago at the time of the evacuation of Priory Hall or even before that, as the residents had demanded. If City Council management had focused on that rather than on trying to over-turn the High Court ruling requiring them to support the accommodation needs of the evacuees then we would be much further along the road to a resolution today.
"It is absolutely vital that all the lending institutions now engage fully and generously in this resolution process. They are key players.
"It is also essential that the Priory Hall residents receive continued public support. They were plunged into this crisis as a result of the actions of an unscrupulous developer who was facilitated by lax planning laws and so-called self-regulation. We must ensure that the Priory Hall evacuees do not face financial ruin as a result and that anything like this is never allowed to happen again." ENDS

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