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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 4°C
# Clondalkin
The apartment which lost its roof to Storm Frank was built by Priory Hall's Tom McFeely
Nobody was hurt in the incident.

THE APARTMENT BLOCK which lost part of its roof yesterday during Storm Frank was built by Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely.

There were no injuries but the entire roof of one of the Clondalkin properties was ripped off.


The Aras na Cluaine development was plagued with problems since 2010.

Coalport, the now-defunct company which built the complex, failed to adhere to certain fire safety rules. The High Court eventually intervened and the necessary works were carried out, avoiding a full evacuation of the properties.

A statement from the building’s management company from March 2011 notified residents that Dublin City Council was satisfied that its instructions were followed by the builders.

Later that same year, every resident in Coalport’s Priory Hall facility was evacuated from their homes. The complex was seen as a fire hazard and the residents were housed in hotels and nearby properties for months.

Despite not being able to live in the apartments, residents were pursued by banks for mortgage payments.

The saga dragged on for two years with a solution finally reached between authorities, the banks and residents.

With debts of more than €200 million, McFeely was declared bankrupt in July 2012. In proceedings in the High Court earlier this month, his official assignee asked for the bankruptcy to be extended by another five years.

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