Wednesday 24 January 2018

Court orders arrest of rogue developer McFeely over unpaid debt of €24,000

Tom Tuite

DUBLIN District Civil Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of developer Tom McFeely as a result of his failure to pay a €24,000 debt.

The rogue builder notorious for the condemned Priory Hall apartment complex in Donaghmede in Dublin has been the subject of civil proceedings.

On January 19 last, he had been summonsed to appear at the Dublin District Court for failing to pay €24,288 for services obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd, a company which specialises in recruiting for construction firms.

However, the builder did not turn up for the hearing and it was then dealt with in his absence.

The court was told that in July last year Circuit Court judgments had been made against McFeely resulting in him being ordered to pay about €34,000 for services he had obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd, trading as MCR Group, which is based at Capel Building in Dublin.

McFeely paid €10,000 to the recruitment company. However, two subsequent cheque payments bounced and in November the creditor applied to Dublin District Court to summons McFeely and to make an instalment order against him to compel him to clear the remaining balance which amounted to €24,288.

Benedict O Floinn, counsel for MCR Personnel Ltd, had asked Judge John Lindsay on January 19 last to make an instalment order against the developer, who had filed for bankruptcy in the UK.

He had told the court: “This individual Mr McFeely has come to prominence in recent weeks because of the now notorious activities at Priory Hall.

“Somewhat surprisingly, for someone with a republican background, he is sheltering behind the skirt of the Queen of England,” Mr O Floinn had also said.

Judge Lindsay had agreed to make the instalment order to compel McFeely to pay €24,288 within seven days.

He had also said that notice was to be served on McFeely, at his home on Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4.

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

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