Sunday 22 April 2018

Attempt to jail developer Tom McFeely is adjourned

Tom McFeely
Tom McFeely

Tom Tuite

A COURT action seeking to jail bankrupt developer Tom McFeely over an unpaid debt to a recruitment firm has been adjourned until February.

The former IRA hunger striker, who built the notorious Priory Hall apartment complex in Donaghmede in Dublin owes €24,288 for services obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd, a company which specialises in recruiting for construction firms.

He could face a three-month jail sentence for failing to comply with an instalment order made earlier.

Today at Dublin District Court the case was listed for mention and the developer did not have to attend. A lawyer for MCR Personnel Ltd told Judge Mary Collins that McFeely had yet to provide disclosure of certain documents.

The developer is to be further cross-examined about his assets and business interests.

Judge Collins adjourned the case until February 8 next.

At an earlier stage in the case, McFeely had given an account of his business assets. He had claimed said: “Some are in receivership, some in Nama, some retained by the banks”.

He had also complained that he was the victim of a “media circus”

The action to have him jailed stems from a debt he owes to MCR Personnel Ltd, based at Capel Building, in Dublin city-centre.

McFeely had originally owed them about €34,000 and had paid €10,000 to the recruitment company.

However, two subsequent cheque payments bounced and earlier this year Dublin District Court made an instalment order against him to compel him to clear the balance which amounted to €24,288.

Under section 6.7 of the Enforcement of Court Orders (Amendment) Act 2009, failure to comply with an instalment order could result in McFeely being jailed for up to three months.

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