Sunday 17 December 2017

Priory Hall's McFeely has bankruptcy appeal refused

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Tim Healy

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a further appeal by Priory Hall developer Thomas McFeely over the near five-year extension of his bankruptcy.

Mr McFeely (69) was due to exit bankruptcy in July 2015 but, as a result of the extension, will not do so until March 2020.

The extension was granted over what the High Court described as "deliberate and persistent" failures to co-operate with official assignee Chris Lehane, including by not disclosing his interest in 12 apartments in Dublin.

Representing himself, but assisted by an English lawyer, Mr McFeely applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the Court of Appeal's decision.

In a published determination, a three-judge Supreme Court ruled there was "ample evidence" for findings of non co-operation by Mr McFeely with Mr Lehane, including his failure to disclose his interest in 12 apartments and to provide his address or addresses and a "proper" statement of affairs.

Mr McFeely was in the Provisional IRA and spent 53 days on hunger strike in the Maze prison in the 1980s.

Irish Independent

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