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Priory Hall residents If talks are to take place we want to

first_imgPRIORY HALL RESIDENTS say they have been unofficially approached by the government and told they are getting involved in the debacle residents find themselves in with the banks.Speaking to, Priory Hall spokesperson Graham Usher said that they had not been approached on an “official capacity” but understand that talks are going to take place. “We don’t know what parties are going to be involved as of yet, but we want to be a part of them either way,” he said.Debt forgivenessIt was reported in the Sunday Business Post today that state funding is likely to part of any deal struck over Priory Hall. The report stated that Minister Phil Hogan was pressing the Irish Banking Federation for some sort of debt forgiveness for the residents.Mr Usher said he was aware of this, but that a lot of the particular details he was reading about for the first time in the newspapers.“We are expecting things to move quite quickly now,” he said.BanksPriory Hall residents are concerned about the various ways  in which Priory Hall is being dealt with. During the Oireachtas Finance Committee banking hearings, residents heard that AIB was planning to deal with their Priory Hall mortgage holders, which brought into the question whether the mediation process had collapsed or not.Permanent TSB said they would pursue a similar course of action, while Ulster Bank said they would review each customer’s position “on a case-by-case basis”.Minister Hogan maintained he could not step in until the court process is at an end, adding that he was awaiting a report by Justice Joseph Finnegan on the matter. However, Justice Finnegan told residents that he had done all he could in the matter.‘There is no report’Residents said they were very concerned that the minister didn’t seem to know what was going on. Today, Mr Usher still maintained that “there is no report” to wait for.He added that their position as it stands is that they want their mortgages transferred to new properties and families to be put into new homes as soon as possible.Read: KBC Bank will not pursue Priory Hall’s Stephanie Meehan for mortgage>Read: Taoiseach: ‘I don’t have any objection to meeting the Priory Hall residents’>last_img read more

Penney lauds Keatley mettle as Gloucester boss wowed by phenomenal OConnell

first_img“There are certain characters in teams that have a huge influence and effect. It is not just his ability as a rugby player, it’s how he galvanises the team, and his sheer presence is a huge factor for Munster.”Penney is more accustomed to viewing O’Connell’s influence at close quarters, yet didn’t need much prompting to echo the praise issued to the Ireland captain.“Paul is just such an amazing character, and at this level of the game you wouldn’t want anyone else out there, really, guarding your ship.”The win in Kingsholm, secured thanks to the tries from Earls and Peter O’Mahony as well as Keatley’s efforts from the boot, gave the southern province an unassailable six-point lead in Pool 6 and therefore guarantees them a place in the knock-out stages.Decision making key to Munster sealing quarter-final place — O’ConnellAs it happened: Gloucester v Munster, Heineken Cup MUNSTER COACH ROB Penney praised the ‘mental fortitude’ of out-half Ian Keatley after last night’s 7 – 20 win in Gloucester secured a quarter-final berth.Keatley was roundly criticised after Munster’s loss to Ulster last week, a game in which his missed kicks proved costly.Last night, Keatley put those troubles behind him, setting up Keith Earls first-half try with an accurate grubber kick while his one missed kick out of five attempts rebounded off the post.“We have got a lot of faith in Ian,” said the Kiwi, “He was tremendous today, probably the best game he has had in the red jumper. He deserves all the plaudits that I hope he gets.“He showed mental and physical fortitude out there. He tackled like a Trojan, and he put us in some really good places on the park.”Keatley’s position in the Munster line-up is under constant scrutiny as the up-and-coming talent of JJ Hanrahan grabs the attention of supporters and piles the pressure to perform upon the Dubliner.While Penney’s ‘Trojan’ praise was perhaps a tad misplaced (early stats indicate Keatley completed two of six attempted tackles), there could be no doubt that the number 10′s ability to put last week’s errors behind him to successfully kick his goals on this week’s trip.Gloucester coach, Nigel Davies meanwhile, chose to single out man-of-the-match for praise after a game in which the visitors were required to defend for long periods.“Paul O’Connell is phenomenal,” said Davies who would also commend his team on ‘setting a bar’ for intensity, commitment and work-rate in the defeat,last_img read more