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Dublin City Council says it is focused on finding Priory Hall solution

The council has been criticised by residents at Priory Hall for mishandling the case against the developer Tom McFeely who won his Supreme Court appeal today.

Tom McFeely leaving the Four Courts in Dublin today after winning his Supreme Court appeal.
Tom McFeely leaving the Four Courts in Dublin today after winning his Supreme Court appeal.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has said that it is focused on finding a solution to the issues concerning Priory Hall following today’s Supreme Court ruling.

The court ruled in favour of the developer of Priory Hall, Thomas McFeely, who had appealed a contempt of court ruling, a three month prison sentence and a €1 million fine for failing to carry out repair works at the apartment complex in North Dublin.

Priory Hall was evacuated last October, leaving 256 residents in temporary accommodation.

Today, the Supreme Court found that McFeely could not be in breach of the court order to carry out repairs because he had been ordered to vacate the site.

Dublin City Council had requested that McFeely be removed from the site which led to accusations by former residents of the empty apartment complex that the Council had mishandled the process.

DCC defended their actions in a statement saying that their focus now as it always has been is to “find a solution” to the issues surrounding Priory Hall.

In a statement, DCC said: “In the course of her judgement the Chief Justice acknowledged that the approach of the City Council seeking the appointment of a substitute contractor to complete outstanding fire safety works at Priory Hall and seeking Mr McFeely to pay for same, was adopted bona fide and in the best interests of the tenants.

“The Chief Justice however, goes on to find that by virtue of the orders made it was not possible for Mr McFeely to comply with the orders of the High Court and on this basis the appeal was allowed.

“The focus of the Council is the same now as it was at the beginning of the process and that is to find a solution to the issues concerning Priory Hall.

“In this regard we are working within the resolution process to try and bring forward proposals which could form a resolution of the situation in the long term.”

Read: Developer Thomas McFeely wins Supreme Court appeal over Priory Hall

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