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Priory Hall residents hit back at McFeely ‘victim’ claim

A spokesman for the residents’ committee said the developer’s comments were “beneath contempt”.

A traffic light in front of the apartments at Priory Hall
A traffic light in front of the apartments at Priory Hall
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

RESIDENTS OF THE Priory Hall apartment complex in Dublin have strongly criticised developer Tom McFeely after he claimed he had been victimised by authorities.

A spokesperson for the residents, who were evicted from their homes over fire safety concerns, told TheJournal.ie that McFeely’s comments were “beneath contempt”.

“We moved those apartments in 2007 and there have been problems from day one,” the spokesman said. “We’ve been asking Tom McFeely to fix the problems, and he hasn’t. I don’t find his comments credible.”

In a statement, the residents’ committee described an expression of sympathy by McFeely as “false” and “of no solace to the residents”.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the developer said he had been the victim of a campaign because he was a “Nordie” and “they don’t want his type down here”.

He offered to meet the residents to address their concerns, except a number who he called “jumped-up little Hitlers who gave me abuse”.

McFeely also suggested the evictions had been unnecessary and repairs could have been carried out while the residents continued living the complex.

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