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Jailing of Priory Hall developer welcome - Cllr MacDonncha

17 November, 2011

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has welcomed the decision of the High Court to order the imprisonment of Coalport Director and developer of the Priory Hall complex, Tom McFeely.

Cllr Mac Donncha called on Environment and Local Government Minister Phil Hogan to intervene to address the complex issues that have to be addressed to assist the Priory Hall residents. He also called on the City Council management to withdraw its appeal to the Supreme Court of the High Court's order to the Council to provide for the emergency accommodation needs of the Priory Hall evacuees. He said:
"I welcome the High Court decision to imprison Tom McFeely who has visited such distress on the residents of Priory Hall and such expense on the public purse.
"Clearly the issues involved in the Priory Hall situation are so complex and wide-ranging that they cannot be left to the residents themselves and Dublin City Council to resolve. Minister Hogan must intervene and help ensure that a comprehensive solution is found involving residents, the City Council and mortgage lenders.
"The Building Control report to Dublin City Council, due to have been received on 16 November, will show extensive construction problems with Priory Hall, above and beyond fire safety issues.
"I again call on Dublin City Council management to withdraw its appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court order for it to address the accommodation needs of the Priory Hall evacuees."

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