Friday 15 December 2017

Fair City rocked by shock return of dodgy Dermot

Dermot and Ben arrive back in Carrigstown
Dermot and Ben arrive back in Carrigstown
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Viewers will be taken on a trip down memory lane in tonight's Fair City with the dramatic return of Dermot Fahey and son Ben to Carrigstown.

Jane Black (Rachel Pilkington) is left shocked after the familiar character played by Seamus Power calls into her home unexpectedly with his young son.

After being forced to flee Carrigstown back in February of this year after hatching a plan with Niamh to embezzle Paul Brennan's money, Dermot is inexplicably back on the scene.

It was revealed last summer that he had inoperable cancer in an emotional storyline twist that left fans of the show heartbroken.

Dermot and Ben arrive back in Carrigstown
Dermot and Ben arrive back in Carrigstown

However, his sudden reappearance leaves Jane seriously concerned as she has no idea what his plans are after son Ben unwittingly corrects Dermot's story when she quizzed him about why he was back.

"Jane has been getting on with her life quite nicely and Dermot's arrival back throws her completely," said an insider.

"He tries to convince her his intentions are good but Jane's just not convinced."

Meanwhile, it is business as usual on the Fair City set after bosses at Montrose lodged an application to move to a new location on the RTE campus.

Dermot and Ben arrive back in Carrigstown
Dermot and Ben arrive back in Carrigstown

A decision is due shortly after several residents appealed the application.

The set move is in the wake of the €107.5m sale of nine acres of land at the prime Donnybrook site to Cairn Homes, which plans to build up to 500 apartments and nine houses.

However, this will mean having to move the set of the long-running soap to a new location, with the plan currently before Dublin City Council.

RTE hopes to relocate all 11 sets, including exteriors for McCoy's pub and the Hungry Pig to a new area that is currently used as a car park.

Seven objections were lodged by local residents which included concerns over the proximity of the new set to homes, noise pollution and the "unsociable" hours of work on the set which can be extended to 10pm two nights a week.

RTE has reassured viewers there will be no disruption to the show while the new set is under construction.

Herald

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