My cousin Niall and his fiancée Rosaleen have had some truly terrible luck.
In 2007, Rosaleen bought a large two-storey apartment in Priory Hall in Dublin, Ireland. She lived there until October of last year with Niall, when they were given 48 hours to evacuate the building over fire safety concerns. There are now 250 residents living in temporary housing. Until now, the city has been paying the costs of the emergency living arrangements, but this may end soon. This means that residents would be responsible for paying their rents as well as their mortgage payments in an uninhabitable building. It is devastating.
There were problems with the building from the very beginning. During construction the site was shut down for safety concerns. When Rosaleen moved in and first turned on her water, there were leaks everywhere and her new hardwood floors were ruined. After the floors had been replaced, there was a period of many days of rain, resulting in more water leaks and more ruined hardwood floors. Rain in Ireland is hardly unexpected.
There is a long long list of the problems that have now been found in this building, but the worst of it is that the fire barriers that were shown in the original project drawings were never actually built. If a fire started, it would spread quickly.
What on earth was the builder thinking?
The developer of Priory Hall, Thomas McFeeley, has declared bankruptcy which will make things that much harder for Niall and Rosaleen and all of the other residents to get their money back and recover from this mess.
I am so upset for the two of them and I hope with all my heart that this awful situation can be resolved soon. I fear that it will take a while.
I would love it if you could please support Niall and Rosaleen by ‘Liking’ their page on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-The-Priory-Hall-Residents/208932465841738?sk=info
I am sending them all my love and best thoughts in the meantime.