The Taoiseach Enda Kenny met with residents of Priory Hall – after they protested outside a jobs announcement today.

The residents have been living in rented property since October – when their homes were deemed unsafe.

The matter is before the courts again next week – when Dublin City Council will again appeal to stop paying for the residents’ alternative accommodation.

Spokesperson for the residents Darren Kelly said: “It’s a step forward. We have no firm commitments from the Taoiseach other than that he has agreed to meet with us after the court date.

“We put some questions to him in relation to the Irish Banking Federation to try and put some pressure on them to put a freeze on the mortgages. However, he said he will be unable to make any commitment.”