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Ordeal of Priory Hall evacuees must be ended - Cllr. Mac Donncha.

9 May, 2013

Commenting on the adjournment of the Supreme Court appeal by Dublin City Council management against the High Court order requiring the Council to cover the cost of accommodation for the evacuated residents of Priory Hall, Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheal Mac Donncha who represents the area on the City Council, said:

"Once again the management of Dublin City Council has egg on its face with regard to Priory Hall. The Supreme Court judges asked counsel for management why they wished to proceed with the appeal when there is a resolution process going on. The case is now adjourned until October but this appeal should never have been taken in the first place. I believe it is being done because Environment Minister Phil Hogan does not wish to leave in place a precedent for other situations where residents may have to be evacuated from dangerous and sub-standard buildings and accommodated by the State. His junior Minister for Housing, Jan O'Sullivan, has said this week she believes there are other estates similar to Priory Hall.

"The ordeal of the Priory Hall evacuees must be ended. It has gone on for far too long. They are a year and a half out of their homes and there is no sign of the just resolution needed - one which would see them with homes which are habitable and for which they are willing to pay mortgages. Instead they are in the limbo of temporary accommodation, still burdened with mortgages for crumbling, uninhabitable homes and with no end in sight. Ministers Hogan and O'Sullivan should intervene to ensure that all parties - especially the financial institutions and the City Council management - facilitate such a solution without further delay."

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