Oct 182011
 

Priory Hall is a residential development in Dublin, built by Tom McFeely, a former IRA hunger-striker who was last year jailed for breaches of the building regulations in the same buildings.

It was a rags-to-riches story as Tom McFeely arrived in Dublin at the age of 40, following his release from jail in 1989 with only £240 in his pocket.  Miraculously, within a short few years, McFeely had become a major property developer, with a home in Dublin’s salubrious Ailesbury Road, a €6 million holiday home in the Algarve and a hotel near by.

A remarkable achievement for a man who had given his entire life to the cause.  We should all be so lucky.

Unfortunately for Tom McFeely, while he might well have been able to recite the works of Lenin from start to finish, he had not the slightest grasp of the Irish building regulations, nor even the rudiments of construction, which is a major drawback if you want to be a builder.  And yet, this story shows what a wonderful city Dublin is.  As late as 1989, a man whose nickname is Nailbomb, can enter the construction industry, with no skill, no knowledge, no training and no qualifications, and he can become a developer of properties that young couples save up to buy, sacrificing all their lives until they can raise sufficient funds.

And in return for their money he can give them shit.

I wonder how that fits in with Tom McFeely’s republican ideals?

Isn’t that a great freedom fighter?  Leaving hundreds of young people in financial slavery with worthless property because he wasn’t able to build them a proper home.

Wouldn’t it make you proud to be Irish?

I know what the owners of these worthless properties should be telling Tom McFeely: Tiocfaidh ár lá.

 

 

  17 Responses to “Former Hunger Striker Builds Shit Priory Hall Firetrap”

Comments (17)
  1.  

    where are the architects / engineers that signed off on the building? according to the indo, did so based on a visual inspection and on letters from contractors confirming the work was above board. What’s the point of the architect depending on the builder stating that the work is up to scratch? If the architects can’t be sued it’s all a balls.

  2.  

    I’m quite sure the architect can be sued.

  3.  

    The Architect can be sued but that does not mean he will pay.
    According to PT tonight, 85% of buildings were not inspected.
    These people are homeless and no amount of Legal redress will ease their pain for a long time to come.
    The fire inspection consultant on PT also stated, that in his opinion this is barely the tip of the iceberg.
    Houses worth next to nothing and not fit to live in…….the builder in question nice and toasty in Ailesbury rd, I actually feel sick.

  4.  

    100% were inspected by the people who certified them.

  5.  

    hope so – it’s likely that there will not be enough there to meet the claims though. You are right to take the stance you do on this – after all the developer in order to save money increased the risk of people dying in a fire. money first – People, Families, Children’s lives second. We can take it for granted that this will not be an isolated case. There was some shit put up during the boom.

  6.  

    ” 100%were inspected by the people who certified them ”
    Precisely.

    I can’t recall the person or the programme but i was struck by a Swedish Architect in response to questions put to him during the ” Irish building boom ” he said he was truly shocked by the standard of housing being built and the inflated value attached to same, he went on to say that a primary requsite in deciding the valuation of a house in Sweden would be the standard of materials used and the quality of workmanship undertaken and that the method of valuation of the majority of ” newly built ” houses in Ireland was totally devoid of an accurate process but that in 10 to 15 years all the sub standard work would surface.

  7.  

    Gombeenism is alive and kicking and bullshitting them still to high heaven.
    The Irish must surely be amongst the most stupidest and gom-like people on this planet.

  8.  

    heard on the radio this evening, that fire certs are issued before building commences.

  9.  

    Jeez, it seems like only yesterday when your man and his ilk used to solve problems with a projectile and a kneecap.
    Where’s the Irish solution to an Irish problem now. Just to stop him running, you understand…

  10.  

    That’s right. The certs are for the design.

  11.  

    “According to PT tonight, 85% of buildings were not inspected.”

    Isn’t that lovely. We can pull them all down and start a new building boom all over again! Fucking country…

  12.  

    It was stated government policy to inspect 15% of buildings at random.

  13.  

    This is how the mafia operate, they make offers that can`t be refused. When something like this crops up it is best to follow the money trail. Where did nailbomb get the money to start in the first place and where did all the money go that he got from it. Everything is a front.

    It will probably all be on his P60, NOT!

  14.  

    What is wrong with this country? Every other day there are revelations about some total mess up resulting in pain and tremendous cost for people. Cock ups in the health system, failures in banking, paedophiles in the church – I could go on and on. What causes all this? Lack of fear. Lack of fear at being found out and accountable, lack of fear in hell (don’t believe in it myself but I think it kept some people in line although seemingly not the fellows who preached it!). We need fear of something to keep us from abusing or cheating on our neighbour. We need fear of the certainty of being found out followed by a hefty jail sentence.

  15.  

    During the boom years, builders were under severe pressure to erect houses as fast as possible, we all know that. They needed as many trades people as they could get their hands on, a demand this country could not supply. We did import some good trades people, but the rest of the vacancies were filled chancers of every description claiming to be builders, plumbers, carpenters, etc. I’m sure many developers realized this, but turned a blind eye in the interest of finishing the project on time and collecting a nice fat cheque.

    Ultimately, the Builder/Developer should be responsible for the crap development but many of them are now broke, and we all know, “you can’t take the trousers off a Highlander”. Will the taxpayer somehow end up paying the bill? Fucked if I know!

  16.  

    During the boom years, builders were under severe pressure to erect houses as fast as possible, we all know that. They needed as many trades people as they could get their hands on, a demand this country could not supply. We did import some good trades people, but the rest of the vacancies were filled by chancers of every description claiming to be builders, plumbers, carpenters, etc. I’m sure many developers realized this, but turned a blind eye in the interest of finishing the project on time and collecting a nice fat cheque.

    Ultimately, the Builder/Developer should be responsible for the crap development but many of them are now broke, and we all know, “you can’t take the trousers off a Highlander”. Will the taxpayer somehow end up paying the bill? Fucked if I know!

  17.  

    As late as 1989, a man whose go a lump sum and a site from his father, can enter the construction industry, with no skill, no knowledge, no training and no qualifications, and he can become a developer of properties that young couples save up to buy, sacrificing all their lives until they can raise sufficient funds.
    This covers about 30% of houses built in limerick by two of developers.
    during the boom I worked all over the city, and only once did I work for a builder who had quality no matter the cost as his priorty.
    It not as if they wern’t getting enough to do the job right.
    then they let go their pernament staff and hired in agency workers many with no experience whats so ever.
    I can tell you that ireland is littered with Priory Halls

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