Monday 19 March 2018

Ballinrobe, Co Mayo brothers Padraic (63) and Martin (55) McHale control McHale Engineering, one of the country's biggest farm machinery equipment manufacturers.

Some 90pc of its products are exported, although a major fire last year hit production. They are also huge property punters. The brothers teamed up with the Comers to buy Ireland's most expensive boom-time site in Ballsbridge at a knockdown price. The site, originally bought for €171m during the boom, was picked up for just over €22m in 2011.

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