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.