Belfast Telegraph

Homes list for Priory Hall families

The State's bad-bank Nama has drawn up a list of 332 apartments for Dublin City Council to rehouse homeless residents of the firetrap Priory Hall complex.

The agency claimed it would take two to three weeks for empty units in Finglas, the Malahide Road and Clongriffin to be ready for use.

Some 65 families are living out of boxes in the Regency Hotel in the north of the city after being evacuated amid warnings that their homes in Priory Hall are a fire hazard.

Nama drew up the list over the last 24 hours after Dublin City Council approached the agency as he drafted a rapid rehousing plan in the northern suburbs.

A council spokesman warned it will be early next week before families are moved into any of the units.

"Looking at the list, there's a huge amount of units available on it.

"We have a job to do now, which is to look at the suitability of the location and the nature of the units on offer and match them up with the individual needs of residents of Priory Hall," he said.

"We don't just want to throw people into these. We do not want to misplace people. They have been through a huge amount of anxiety already."

Nama said it will pay for any work that needs to be done to make the 332 apartments habitable.

Nine developers hold the properties in Dublin 11, 13 and 17 in the north of the city. Thomas McFeely, the millionaire developer at the centre of the Priory Hall scandal, is not one of them.

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