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Priory Hall residents tell McFeely: “We don’t wish you a Happy New Year”

In a hand-delivered letter, the residents told developer Thomas McFeely that their fight “is a fight for what is rightfully ours” and they will be “tenacious in the extreme” until they reach their goal.

Developer Thomas McFeely
Developer Thomas McFeely
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AS THE NEW year dawns, the residents of Priory Hall have sent a strong message to developer Thomas McFeely.

Residents paid a visit to McFeely, who owns the apartment complex from which they were evacuated, to hand-deliver a letter to him about their thoughts on the situation.

The residents are spending the new year away from their homes after they had to leave Priory Hall due to serious safety concerns.

In the letter, the Priory Hall Residents’ Committee tell McFeely they “will not go away” and say he has a “lack of conscience”.

They ask that he:

Step up and do the honourable thing and provide the homes we paid for at an average rate of €300,000 per unit, funds which you have had the benefit of since 2007 and have not carried out the required works to provide us with safe homes for our children.
Your negligence and lack of conscience has left us without homes and we will not rest until we have safe homes for our families, the homes we bought and paid for.

They tell him:

We will not go away Mr McFeely and you can count on us to face you at every court hearing no matter how long it takes you have taken our homes from us and anger is our motivation.
You may think you can continue to ignore us or avoid eye contact with us when our paths cross but ours is a fight for what is rightfully ours and we will be tenacious in the extreme until we reach our goal.

In concluding the letter, the residents make it abundantly clear what they think of the developer going into 2012:

We do not wish you a Happy New Year as you have ruined the last four years of our lives, we do however wish that you find it in your conscience to find a workable solution to the problems in Priory Hall and stop using the “I’m broke” defence

They tell him he should “prioritise who should be paid first” – “the homeless residents of Priory Hall or your legal representatives”.

Read: Cost of temporary housing for Priory Hall residents to top €700,000>

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