Ard Dealgan developer McFeely to feature on BBC Spotlight programme tonight

Dundalk Fire Service deal with a blaze at Ard Dealgan in 2012 - one of many that have occurred there in recent years

Dundalk Fire Service deal with a blaze at Ard Dealgan in 2012 – one of many that have occurred there in recent years. Picture: Alana Gray

Disgraced property developer Tom McFeely, who built the abandoned Ard Dealgan apartment complex in Quay Street in Dundalk, will be interviewed in a new BBC Spotlight programme tonight.

Tom McFeely

Tom McFeely

While the programme focuses primarily on Mr McFeely’s association with the Priory Hall estate in Donaghmede in Dublin, which 200 residents had to be evacuated from in October 2011, it is the first chance many will get to hear from the man himself.

BBC cameras were in Dundalk before Christmas to film the Ard Dealgan development, which has been sold by IBRC.

While the complex in Dublin was evacuated due to fire safety concerns, Ard Dealgan in Dundalk was, thankfully, never occupied. It has become a huge hindrance on the area, however, with numerous fires there in recent years. Sinn Féin’s Jennifer Green also recently highlighted a dangerous drop at its rear, which could be hazardous to children.

Numerous local representatives have called for the building to be demolished but despite this, McFeely will tell the BBC tonight that he doesn’t believe any of his work was “shoddy.”

In the interview for Spotlight, Mr McFeely he was asked whether he would apologise for failings surrounding the Priory Hall 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, you see. I don’t think it is any different than most of the other buildings in Dublin.”

He added: “I do not believe that Priory Hall should have been evacuated, because it is not the fire trap they said it was.”

His comments are sure to be controversial as one resident, father-of-two Fiachra Daly, took his own life in July last year under the strain of dealing with mortgage arrears on the Priory Hall flat he had been forced to leave.

The programme is due to be shown on tonight on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.35pm.

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