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Priory Hall resident whose partner died by suicide welcomes 21 day timeline for solution

Minister Phil Hogan has tasked Department of Environment officials with the job of talking to all the stakeholders at the Donaghmede complex and proposing a solution within the next three weeks.

Stephanie Meehan pictured during her appearance on the Late Late show earlier this month.
Stephanie Meehan pictured during her appearance on the Late Late show earlier this month.
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STEPHANIE MEEHAN, THE Priory Hall resident whose partner took his own life in July, says she hopes a solution for all residents can be reached within 21 days.

It’s after confirmation today that Environment Minister Phil Hogan has asked senior officials in his department to initiate dialogue with stakeholders in the debacle and to report to Government within three weeks.

Hogan said that the situation that former residents from the Donaghamede complex found themselves in was “unacceptable” and acknowledged that a mediation process involving a former judge had not identified a possible conclusion.

The Minister has now asked officials to meet with Dublin City Council, the Irish Banking Federation, NAMA, former residents and other stakeholders and to report back within 21 days with “a proposed resolution”.

In a statement released this evening, Stephanie Meehan said she had read Minister Hogan’s proposal for a “fair and equitable solution for the Priory Hall homeowners”.

“I would like to thank An Taoiseach, who has personally assured me that a swift solution will now be found so that the Priory Hall homeowners can move on with their lives.

I hope that a solution is forthcoming within 21 days, as stated by Minister Hogan.

Meehan said she had been “astonished” by the support and good wishes she had received since going public with her story:

I would like to send a sincere thanks to you all, your messages did, and continue to comfort me at this difficult time.

Fiachra Daly died by suicide on July 15 this year, an action that his partner and mother of his children attributes to the financial strain they were under due to the evacuation of Priory Hall in October 2011.

Read: KBC Bank will not pursue Priory Hall’s Stephanie Meehan for mortgage >

Read: Bankers’ answers on Priory Hall prompt “massive worry” amongst residents >

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