Wednesday 17 January 2018

McFeely due in court today as last 'fire-trap' residents leave

Kevin Keane

THE developers of the "fire-trap" apartment complex Priory Hall are due to appear before the High Court again today, just hours after the last of the residents moved out.

Former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely and company co-director Larry O'Mahony have been ordered to present statements of their means to the court.

Dublin City Council is pressing for the reimbursement of costs for the evacuation of Priory Hall's 249 residents.

The bill for the evacuation, and for remedial work to make safe the complex, is expected to run well in excess of €250,000.

Yesterday, the last remaining residents completed their move out of the 187-unit complex in Donaghmede, north Dublin.

Workers began erecting scaffolding on the exterior of the buildings while security guards ensured nobody re-entered.

All of the residents of Priory Hall are now being accommodated in two Dublin hotels at the expense of the council.

Mr McFeely has said that if he pays for work to make Priory Hall safe he will have no money left to cover the costs of accommodating its residents.

Fellow Coalport director Larry O'Mahony has claimed that he is financially unable to contribute to the works or the accommodation.

Last night, the last six families to leave Priory Hall were taken to Bewley's Dublin Airport Hotel. They are expected to be joined today by more people earlier housed in the Regency Hotel.

Dublin City Council has outlined to residents its plans to eventually accommodate them in property owned by developers whose loans have been taken over by NAMA.


Sitting with her 14-month-old son Colin in a small room in the Regency Hotel last night, Noreen Ward told the Irish Independent that she would never go back to Priory Hall.

"I'm looking for somewhere to rent; it's the people who bought up there that I feel sorry for, they're stuck."

Her new surroundings are "grand" but she wants to move on.

"The manager here has been really brilliant he's doing all he can for us. My young fella has his clothes but he hasn't any toys, it's all gone to storage."

Irish Independent

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