Thursday 20 October 2011

Nama may make some housing units available

EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION: DUBLIN CITY Council says it will pursue “every avenue” in the coming days to find suitable accommodation for the residents of Priory Hall who have been evacuated from their homes.

The National Asset Management may work with the council to see if it can assist with the housing needs of residents, according to a report last night. A Nama spokesman told RTÉ the agency may make available some of the vacant housing units which are linked to loans held by Nama.

The High Court last Friday granted the council an order to evacuate the 187-apartment complex in Donaghmede after hearing evidence it was a very serious fire safety risk, had significant structural deficiencies and that insurance cover had been withdrawn.

Residents have been provided with temporary accommodation in the Regency Hotel in Whitehall, Dublin, but many, particularly those with families, said it was unsuitable. A council spokesman last night said it had so far secured 22 housing units which would be allocated on the basis of “individual family need”.

The complex developers, Thomas McFeely and Larry O’Mahony, have been ordered to surrender their passports after they said they could not pay the hotel bills.

Concerns have been raised in relation to fire safety at another McFeely development, Áras Na Cluaine in Clondalkin. South Dublin County Council said it had no direct involvement in the process.

Irish Times

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