Belfast Telegraph

Lender drops dead man bill pursuit

A mortgage lender has dropped plans to pursue the bereaved partner of a late Priory Hall resident for almost 17,000 euro.

Mother-of-two Stephanie Meehan received a letter from KBC Bank about being in arrears days after she publicly revealed fiance Fiachra Daly had taken his own life.

The couple were evacuated out of the condemned Priory Hall apartment block almost two years ago after it was found to have serious safety defects.

KBC said that given the specific circumstances of the tragic case, it acknowledged that any residual amount on this mortgage is irrecoverable.

"Therefore KBC will not be pursuing Stephanie Meehan or the estate of the late Fiachra Daly for any residual balance due on the mortgage," it said.

"KBC has spoken with Stephanie Meehan's financial adviser this afternoon and advised them of the bank's decision in this specific case.

"KBC deeply regrets if the bank added further to the upset of Ms Meehan and her family following the passing of Fiachra Daly.

"With respect to other Priory Hall cases, KBC continues to make available a freeze on loan repayments to all customers."

The couple and their two children, along with 65 other families, were ordered to move out of the complex in October 2011 after fire safety problems and construction defects were found.

Mr Daly took his own life in July and his partner has said he had been under stress following the evacuation from their home in the apartment complex in Donaghmede.

Ms Meehan said she received a letter from the bank last week telling her that she still owed 16,803 euro even after a life insurance policy paid the balance of the mortgage.

She had even written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny for help.

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