“the dwelling is currently vacant and is in the ownership of the NIHE..”

The BBC reports that a Northern Ireland judge’s former home is on the market after he was forced to leave it due to threats from republican paramilitaries. From the report

Mr Justice Treacy’s house in Donegall Park Avenue has been bought under the Housing Executive’s Special Purchase of Evacuated Dwellings (Sped) scheme. It is now listed for sale with a Belfast estate agent for £650,000. In September, a pipe bomb found close to the house was made safe by Army experts. Two controlled explosions were carried out on the device, found in Waterloo Park, off the Antrim Road. The bomb was found on the same day Justice Treacy jailed three men involved in a plot to kill police officers with a mortar bomb in Lurgan, County Armagh, in April 2007.

Adds As Nevin mentions in the comments, this follows the sudden resignation of the recently appointed governor of Maghaberry prison amid reported concerns about his security.

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  • Have any other judges been on the move? The recently appointed governor of Maghaberry prison has departed following dissident threats.

  • Maybe they should consider setting up a ‘green zone’ (or orange, as the case may be).

    Or is north Down already a de facto ‘green zone’? Why was Treacy living on the wild side?

  • iluvni

    I take it the house wasnt languishing on the market before the SPED purchase?

  • The suggestion is that Seamus Tracey was determined to live a relatively normal life after his appointment as a judge, but the location of his home left him in a vulnerable position. While Pete credits the BBC for the Tracey story, it was actually, like so much of the BBC’s output in Belfast, a straight lift from the morning papers – in this case, the Irish News.

  • jone

    And of course the morning papers would never, on any occasion, cut and paste stuff straight from BBC online. Or use frame grabs without attribution.

  • The BBC is a public service broadcaster, Jone, and really should acknowledge its sources. It also has many more staff in Belfast than all the other outlets in the city combined, and might be expected to regularly set the news agenda. Instead, it is very reactive in nature and seems uncomfortable with breaking stories of its own.

  • Aemilius

    Who was turned down for a job in the BBC?

  • DC

    Oh I’m sure that will be as extremely sought after property for those on the Housing Executive’s waiting list.

    Plenty of space no doubt for a medium-large family.

  • James

    “The recently appointed governor of Maghaberry prison has departed following dissident threats. ”

    No, his address was ‘found’ by a PO in the cell of a DR.

    As anyone with any experience of the PS staff will tell you, they absolutely hate English Govs, ever since one described them as ‘a bunch of whinging overpaid paddies’ a few years back.

  • NCM

    If I were a potential purchaser, I’d be a bit concerned about the possibility of a mix-up after I moved in: what do you do in such a situation? Put up a big sign in the front yard saying “No judges here any more?”

    Do the realtors disclose the house’s special circumstances? If not, and a mistake is made after moving in, are the realtors liable? Etc….

  • Agree with NCM, would be concerned with a mix up, especially in view of recent circumstances.