Sunday 24 September 2017

Gardai hunt for McFeely over €24,000 debt to firm

Dearbhail McDonald and Tom Tuite

GARDAI were last night searching for controversial builder Tom McFeely after he failed to pay a €24,000 debt.

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of the Priory Hall developer because he failed to turn up in court yesterday.

Mr McFeely had been due to explain why he failed to pay, by instalment, a €24,288 debt to construction recruitment firm MCR.

Failure to comply with an instalment order could result in McFeely being jailed for up to three months.

The firm owed the money is "quietly confident" that he has access to substantial assets here and overseas that will "give lie" to his claims he is broke.

Mr McFeely was not at his luxurious home on Dublin's Ailesbury Road yesterday afternoon, from which he is due to be evicted next week after Nama took a repossession order.

A Supreme Court ruling in a separate appeal by Mr McFeely against a prison sentence for failing to remedy fire safety defects at Priory Hall is imminent.

The rogue builder, notorious for the Priory Hall apartment complex in Donaghmede, north Dublin, has been the subject of numerous civil proceedings and is fighting a high-profile bankruptcy bid here. He has twice had efforts to be declared bankrupt in the UK rejected.

Pattern

Barrister Benedict O Floinn, representing MCR, told District Court judge Mr Justice Patrick Clyne there had been "a pattern of non-engagement" by Mr McFeely.

The latest development follows revelations by the Irish Independent that Mr McFeely is a major creditor of ex-banker Michael Fingleton's Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) and withheld details of a €2.5m villa in the Algarve from UK bankruptcy courts.

Irish Independent

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