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NAMA suggests 332 apartments to be used for Priory Hall residents

NAMA hands handed over a list of properties which could be used to house residents, and will cover the cost of completion works.

Niamh Ryan and her son Clyde, who turned 7 today, in the Regency Hotel in Dublin. They are being housed in the hotel after being told to evacuate their home at the Priory Hall apartment complex.
Niamh Ryan and her son Clyde, who turned 7 today, in the Regency Hotel in Dublin. They are being housed in the hotel after being told to evacuate their home at the Priory Hall apartment complex.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency has this evening given Dublin City Council a list of over 300 apartments which it says could be considered by the council to rehouse residents from the Priory Hall apartment complex.

Residents from the complex have been forced to leave their homes after a court ordered its evacuation amid grave concerns over the fire safety of the apartments.

The block’s 250 residents, from 65 families, are now living in hotels until they can be given alternative accommodation ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for the total evacuation of the building in Donaghmede, Dublin 13.

NAMA’s list of 332 apartments includes some developments where work has not finished completion.

In a statement this evening the agency said that such works could be completed within two to three weeks from agreement, and that it had agreed to fund the cost of completing the work.

Dublin City Council will now approach the owners of the proposed apartments directly, in order to agree commercial terms for their rental to house the displaced residents.

The apartments on NAMA’s list are all based in Dublin 11, Dublin 13 and Dublin 17.

NAMA’s list of accommodation comes after Coalport Developments, who built the complex during Ireland’s construction boom, admitted it did not have the resources to cover the cost of alternative accommodation.

Thomas McFeely and Lawrence O’Mahony, its directors, have had their assets frozen and have been ordered to surrender their passports.

NAMA had not taken over the loan for Priory Hall from the developers, in accordance with its policy of refusing loans which it cannot realise.

RTÉ News reports Dublin City Council had already secured 22 housing units across the city and would try to house the affected families in appropriate accommodation.

The Department of Education says it will cover the cost of school transport for children who have had to move as a result of the evacuation.

Read: Priory Hall developers told to hand over passports >

In pictures: Families pack their belongings at Priory Hall >

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