A Hall of smoke and mirrors

After two years of delaying tactics, it took a mere three weeks for the government to sort out the fiasco of Priory Hall. But why did it take them so long, asks Fearghal O'Connor.

12th October, 2013
Protesters march past Priory Hall in North Dublin. Picture: Photocall/Barbara Lindberg

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan last week trumpeted what he said was a comprehensive solution to the Priory Hall debacle, reached following a 21-day deadline that he imposed on stakeholders. In the space of three short weeks, Hogan finally brought his power and influence to bear on the situation in a meaningful way.

But that followed two years of inexplicable prevarication and lack of engagement. Residents have long contended that Hogan and his department...

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