The Government's resolution process for Priory Hall has got under way with talks between departmental officials and banking representatives.

It was the first official meeting since Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan announced a three-week deadline for a solution to be found to the outstanding mortgages faced by former residents.

180 families were forced to leave their Priory Hall homes two years ago after fire hazards were identified.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny earlier this month pledged to resolve what he described as the "complete injustice" done to the residents of the Dublin apartment complex.

High-level officials from the Departments of Taoiseach, Environment and Finance met this morning with members of the Irish Banking Federation.

A spokesman for the Department of the Environment described the talks as "useful and productive".