Tuesday 19 November 2019

Phil Hogan: Tom McFeely's BBC interview 'an outrageous waste of free speech'

Phil Hogan is in the running for the position of Agriculture Commissioner
Phil Hogan is in the running for the position of Agriculture Commissioner
Tom McFeely on the BBC spotlight programme
BBC Spotlight interviews Tom McFeely
Tom McFeely
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan has blasted disgraced developer Tom McFeely for the comments he made about the tragic death of Priory Hall resident Fiachra Daly.

Speaking at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, the Minister called McFeely's recent television interview an "outrageous waste of free speech".

He said: "I believe every man and woman present here today would join me in roundly condemning the crazy act of contrition that we saw expressed by that defining rogue builder Mr McFeely in his BBC Northern Ireland interview recently."

The minister said he does not "buy the theory" that it was important for the nation to hear to the former IRA hunger striker's side of the story.

He added: "The McFeelys of this world stand for everything Fine Gael stands against.

"We stand for the people who have been victimised by the McFeely's of this world. we stand for the people of Priory Hall."

McFeely told BBC's Spotlight programme he had nothing to do with Mr Daly's death.

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

Irish Independent

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