Tuesday 21 January 2020

McFeely worker in redundancy claim

Allison Bray

A former employee of disgraced builder Tom McFeely is seeking redundancy pay.

Noel Aiken, who began working for Coalport Building Company in March 2001, appeared at an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) hearing in Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday.

He told the hearing that he was employed by the company -- of which Mr McFeely was a director -- for close to a decade before he left the company in July 2011 following an 18-month leave due to illness.

Representatives of the company -- which was wound up by High Court Justice Mary Laffoy in February 2011 over its failure to pay the Revenue Commissioners €144,000 for unpaid VAT and PRSI -- did not appear at the hearing.

Tribunal chairman Graham Hanlon heard evidence from Mr Aiken but the tribunal did not release its decision yesterday following the brief hearing. Mr Aiken declined comment.

Bankrupt

The hearing was held a day after the High Court granted Dublin City Council permission to sue Mr McFeely, a now-bankrupt former developer and IRA hunger striker, and others over what it claims are "defective" apartments built by Coalport at Priory Hall in the Dublin north suburb of Donaghmede.

The apartment complex was evacuated last year by order of the High Court due to concerns about fire safety, forcing more than 250 families to seek alternative accommodation.

Denis McDonald, for the council, told the court that even though Mr McFeely was bankrupt, the council still wanted him included in a case that it intended to bring against eight others because the developer could be found liable by the court.

Neither Mr McFeely nor any legal representative acting on his behalf were in court on Monday.

Irish Independent

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