Sunday 25 February 2018

Campaigner condemns McFeely's remarks on tragic Priory Hall man

Tom McFeely on the BBC spotlight programme
Tom McFeely on the BBC spotlight programme

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

A LEADING suicide awareness campaigner has accused shamed developer Tom McFeely of making "deeply insensitive" remarks about the tragic death of Priory Hall resident Fiachra Daly.

Fine Gael TD Dan Neville claimed the former IRA hunger striker has broken one of the cardinal guidelines surrounding suicide discussion: Don't hurt the bereaved.

The Limerick TD was responding to an interview Mr McFeely gave to the BBC's 'Spotlight' programme, during which he denied any blame whatsoever for Mr Daly's death.

"Why didn't everybody else not commit suicide in Priory Hall, what was the difference there, you know?" Mr McFeely said.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Neville expressed grave concern about the language used by McFeely.

And he issued an emotional plea for people to be mindful about how they discuss the issue of suicide.

"He (Mr McFeely) was commenting about why none of the other residents took their own lives. He doesn't understand what he is talking about," Mr Neville said.

"It is a terribly insensitive thing to say and it's quite clear he doesn't have a clue about the complexities of suicide. . . One of the main things we say about discussing suicide is not to hurt the bereaved. That's exactly what he has done here."

Mr Daly, a young father, took his own life under the strain of dealing with mortgage arrears on the Priory Hall flat, which he and his family had been forced to leave for safety reasons.

Irish Independent

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