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Displaced Priory Hall children will be bussed to old schools

Funding has been provided for a school bus to bring the children from their temporary accommodation.

Niamh Ryan and her son Clyde, 7, in the Regency Hotel after evacuating their Priory Hall home
Niamh Ryan and her son Clyde, 7, in the Regency Hotel after evacuating their Priory Hall home
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

CHILDREN OF FAMILIES displaced from the controversial Priory Hall apartment complex in Dublin will be bussed to school from their new accommodation from Monday.

Funding has been provided for a bus to take the children, many of whom are staying in the Regency Hotel in Whitehall, back to their old schools.

Some 250 residents of the Priory Hall complex in Donaghmede, north Dublin were forced to leave their homes after a court ordered the evacuation of the apartments. There were grave concerns over fire safety at the complex.

Labour TD Seán Kenny has welcomed the provision of the school bus. “I was aware that primary school principals had contacted the Department of Education for funding for a school bus service to bring the Priory Hall children to and from their schools,” he said. “I welcome the decision by the Minister Ruairi Quinn to approve this.”

He also welcomed a High Court decision today that a contribution would be made towards costs for putting the families’ possessions in storage.

Meanwhile, TV3 reports that the Mr Justice Kearns has asked banks and other lending institutions to take the former Priory Hall residents’ difficult circumstances into account.

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