Priory Hall apartments in October 2017

The New Priory re-development at former site of Priory Hall apartments

Developer of the original Priory Hall apartments Thomas McFeely

This morning.

Almost eight years after more than 240 residents of the Priory Hall apartments were evacuated from the building, developed by Thomas McFeely, in October 2011…

Dublin Editor at The Irish Times Olivia Kelly reports that the redevelopment of the fire-trap apartments in Donaghmede, Dublin 13, is nearing completion at a cost of €52million – five times the estimated figure.

It’s reported the financial loss to the State will be approximately €40million.


Stephanie Meehan with her late partner Fiachra and their daughter Cerys at the High Court in May, 2013; Stephanie on the Late Late Show in 2013

Former resident of Priory Hall Stephanie Meehan’s partner of 17 years, Fiachra Daly, took his life in July 2013 at a house they had been living in since they were evacuated from Priory Hall.

Stephanie famously wrote to the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny in August 2013 about how the stress of their living situation took its toll on Fiachra.

In her letter, she wrote:

So I ask you, what will it take now for someone to listen and act on something that should’ve been dealt with two years ago and saved a lot of taxpayers’ money and, most of all, saved a life?

Tom McFeely walks around scot-free, he’ll never suffer how we are suffering, he’ll never lose what I’ve lost. He’ll start again, I am left with a lifetime of heartache and my children will inherit that too.

New Priory draws line under shoddy McFeely development (Olivia Kelly, The Irish Times)

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Previously: “I Just Need A Little More Time” 

Dear Enda


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14 thoughts on “New Priory

  1. B9Papi From Planet Goo

    That’s interesting.

    How did the private property owners in this case secure a wealth transfer from the tax payer to subsidize their poor investments? Several others in similar cases were told to F off.

    1. b

      in case its misunderstood, the residents didn’t get handouts but they were able to walk away from their mortgages but lost any cash invested in it, it’s not their fault the council took 7 years to build a relatively small apartment block at a massive loss after getting the land for free and having a rising market – the council were getting what was thought to be a good deal at the time and it was the banks taking the hit

      1. UnB9PFrom Planet GOD

        Do they own the properties now?
        And walking away debt free from an unpaid mortgage is a capital gain

        1. b

          they don’t own the properties now. the deal was they gave up legal rights to the property and the mortgage went with it. It wasn’t a bad deal considering what happened since, but they would have lost any equity built up in the property and had to start again with a new mortgage at different stages of life. Add to that the years of stress, evacuation, living in hotels. It’s hard to argue they did well out of it, but were very lucky they were the first big case

  2. Mr.Fart

    remember yer man McFeely chased a woman journalist out of a bar in spain with a broken bottle because she asked him about the development. Horrible fupper.

  3. jockey

    Isn’t this happening in other places around dublin even now though? where the owners are being asked to fork over thousands of euros because of fire safety issues?

  4. Kim Cardassian

    The people in Priory Hall are lucky in that the state intervened. Owners in the properties below in Dublin alone have had to foot the bill in part or in full themselves:

    Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford
    Cathedral Court, D8
    Hyde Square, D8
    Marrsfield Avenue, Clongriffin
    Spencer Dock, D1
    Belmayne, North Dublin
    St. James Wood, D8
    Holywell, Swords
    Foxford Court, Lucan
    Longboat Quay, D2
    Carrickmines Glen
    The Laurels, Dundrum

    In some cases owners were advised they would face legal action if remedial works were not carried out.

    Get on the property ladder they told us, they didn’t tell us the ladder was broken.

    1. Kolmo

      There are more properties to add to the list.

      How many people who took professional fees to certify these properties as safe and squared-off have been prosecuted for malpractice or criminal neglect?


      All the suits, range rovers, marketing and affected accents can’t hide the backwardness of our little republic, there is a real streak of fat-fingered savagery running the show.

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