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My baby's now homeless because of McFeely sham

THIS is the eight-week-old baby about to be made homeless because of the death-trap homes built by former IRA man Tom McFeely.

Dilan Kurt was born just two months ago, but now her parents Fiona and Halil face an uncertain future and the possible loss of the home that cost them €335,000.

Fiona (34) bought her apartment in Priory Hall in Donaghmede, built by the Coalport Building Company, of which McFeely (63) is secretary and director.

Wealthy McFeely is a fomrer IRA leader and hunger striker.

Fire chiefs raised serious concerns about the fire protection and fire systems within Priory Hall and other developments built by Coalport, resulting in the council removing all its tenants from the blocks under its control two years ago.

This week a letter from the council to private owners has sparked outrage, with Priory hall owners being warned that the Fire Authority is to apply to the courts to prohibit the use of the development, which could lead to everyone being put out of their homes until the problem is fixed.



Ruined

Residents are not only angry with McFeely the developer, but also Dublin City Council as the planning authority that let the apartments be built in the first place.

"Dublin City Council are only covering themselves. They moved their own people out two years ago but the reality is that this place has had the potential to be the next Stardust ever since it was built," said Fiona Kurt.

"When both my parents died, I bought this two-bed home for €335,000 with my inheritance. I'm now here with my husband Halil and our daughter Dilan who is just eight weeks old," she explained.

"My first experience of motherhood should have been the happiest time in my life, but it has been ruined by all of this. I held my baby all day yesterday and cried," Fiona added.

Fiona thinks that the Priory Hall development will be closed, and she will be forced on to the housing list because she cannot afford to rent.

"We will be put out and have to fend for ourselves. We will be homeless and put on a council housing list. People who were able to buy their own properties just a couple of years ago. People who have been left high and dry," she explained.

A meeting of residents was held yesterday evening to try to come up with a common plan of action on the problem.

"It looks like we will all have to get legal advice, which will be expensive too," said Fiona.

"We should know within a few days if the closure order comes through from the courts. We may even have to leave on the day we are told," she added.

"Do I lose my property? Who sorts this out? I think the builder and architect and Dublin City Council are all answerable here, and I want somebody to admit responsibility, and somebody to put it right," said Fiona.

Dublin City Council had no comment as the Herald when to print.

cfeehan@herald.ie