Supreme Court to hear Priory Hall appeal in May

Friday 22 March 2013 16.48
Dublin City Council is appealing a High Court order requiring it to meet the accommodation costs of evacuated Priory Hall residents
Dublin City Council is appealing a High Court order requiring it to meet the accommodation costs of evacuated Priory Hall residents

A date has been set for Dublin City Council's Supreme Court appeal against an order to provide accommodation for residents evacuated from Priory Hall.

The council had suspended legal action to allow mediation talks with the residents and the banks chaired by retired Supreme Court judge Joseph Finnegan.

However, after nearly a year no progress has been reported as a result of the confidential talks.

The council's appeal against the High Court order requiring it to meet the accommodation costs of evacuated residents was suspended last April.

The Supreme Court will hear the case on 9 May.

A council spokesperson said the listing of cases in the Supreme Court is a matter for the court.

Priory Hall residents spokesman Graham Usher, said they will be seeking clarification from the council on whether it is pursuing the appeal.

They will also seek what implications this has for the mediation process.

Dublin City Council has spent €950,000 to date on leasing 43 apartments for Priory Hall residents.

The cost is recouped from the Department of the Environment.

It has also spent €1m on security for the evacuated complex.