Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (432, 474)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

432. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when he expects the resolution process for the residents of Priory Hall, Dublin to conclude; if he has set a resolution date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9639/13]

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Finian McGrath

Question:

474. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide an update on support for the Priory Hall, Dublin, residents. [10423/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 432 and 474 together.

Dublin City Council is the designated authority with powers to enforce the statutory requirements arising under the Fire Safety Act, the Building Control Acts and the Planning and Development Acts, all of which are at issue in relation to Priory Hall. The Council is also the designated Housing Authority under the Housing Acts. I am aware of the significant efforts that have been made by the Council to provide for the needs of residents to date and I understand that the Council will continue to work proactively on behalf of the residents towards achieving the much needed resolution of the issues at Priory Hall.

The resolution process, which I understand is on-going , arose in the context of legal proceedings which were adjourned to afford relevant parties the opportunity to work together, under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice Finnegan (retired President of the High Court), to identify a way forward in relation to the complex problems at Priory Hall. Given that the matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further other than to continue to urge all concerned to afford Mr. Justice Finnegan the opportunity to complete the task which he is undertaking.