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Tuesday 2 September 2014

McFeely's disgusting slur on Fiachra death

Tom McFeely in an interview for BBC NI Spotlight

DISGRACED Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely has made a disgusting slur on the death of Fiachra Daly.

In shocking comments on the tragic case, the former IRA man said: "Why didn't everybody else not commit suicide in Priory Hall, what was the difference there, you know?"

Mr Daly took his life under the strain of dealing with mortgage arrears on the fire-trap home he had been forced to leave. His death left Mr Daly's partner Stephanie Meehan and their two children devastated.

McFeely, who developed the complex, has until now refused to comment on the death.

But speaking to BBC One Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme, he insisted that he does not see how he can be held in any way responsible for Mr Daly's death.

"Why didn't everybody else not commit suicide in Priory Hall," he asked.

"What was the difference there, you know?

"I mean, we are getting into something here and we are arguing about something that is very, very emotional and very stressful on his family that is left behind and it shouldn't be, I am not to blame for his suicide."

Ms Meehan could not be reached for comment last night, while Graham Usher, a spokesman for former Priory Hall residents, declined to comment on McFeely's remarks.

The comments were immediately slammed by TD Tommy Broughan, who represents the Dublin North constituency.

"I think these comments are extremely insensitive and disrespectful for the terrible tragedy that befell Stephanie and Fiachra," he told the Herald.

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McFeely's claim was made amid a series of provocative comments throughout the interview, arguing that he still does not think the apartment complex is a "shoddy building".

He also denied that €200,000 found stashed behind a bath in his former mansion in Ailesbury Road belonged to him.

The Priory Hall complex of almost 200 apartments had to be evacuated in October 2011 over fire safety concerns.

Speaking to Spotlight, McFeely was asked whether he would apologise for failings surrounding the complex.

He replied: "We are getting to the sort of the level of the gutter media again. What would I apologise for? I don't think it's a shoddy building. I don't think it is any different than most of the others.

"I do not believe that Priory Hall should have been evacuated, because it is not the fire trap they said it was."

The Department of the Environment has restated the findings of a technical exam of the complex undertaken in 2012.

Priory Hall residents spokesman Graham Usher dismissed McFeely's claim the development was not shoddy.

McFeely also said he would overturn his bankruptcy and regain his fortune.

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