Priory Hall residents march to mark one year since they were forced to leave their homes over fire safety concerns

Saturday 13 October 2012 22.37
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Priory Hall residents marched from Donaghmede Shopping Centre to Priory Hall
Priory Hall residents marched from Donaghmede Shopping Centre to Priory Hall
Residents say they have been left in limbo
Residents say they have been left in limbo
Priory Hall was evacuated due to fire safety concerns
Priory Hall was evacuated due to fire safety concerns

Over 1,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a protest march by residents of Priory Hall and their supporters.

Protesters marched from Donaghmede Shopping Centre to Priory Hall in Dublin.

Residents say they have been left in limbo with many of them paying mortgages on homes that are unsafe to live in.

There is no sign of a deal in the mediation process set up between the residents, Dublin City Council and the financial institutions involved.

Speaking on RTÉ's Saturday with Claire Byrne, Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan said that everyone wants to find a solution to the problems at Priory Hall.

However, she said that she was unable to comment on the situation due to an ongoing arbitration process.

Dublin City Council is appealing in the Supreme Court against a requirement to provide temporary accommodation for the residents.

The council is claiming back the accommodation costs totalling €1m from the Department of the Environment.

Another €1m in extra costs including the security for the empty apartments will have to be borne by the council.

DCC also said it cannot comment on the situation because of the mediation process.

A spokesman for the Environment Department said new legislation on building standards will be introduced soon.

Developer Tom McFeely successfully appealed against a prison term for failing to fix fire safety defects at the complex.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power has called on the Government to take responsibility for ensuring that a fair and just resolution is put in place for the residents, who have now been out of their homes for over a year.

Keywords: priory hall, march
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