Sunday 25 February 2018

Tom McFeely may face jail over €24,000 debt to firm

Developer Tom McFeely
Developer Tom McFeely

Tom Tuite

BANKRUPT developer Tom McFeely breached a court order and failed to disclose assets in a case brought over his failure to pay a €24,000 debt to a recruitment firm, a judge was told.

It was also claimed that Mr McFeely had not "disclosed certain assets including assets in the Isle of Man".

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.

MCR is a company which specialises in recruiting for construction firms.

Mr McFeely could face a three-month jail sentence for failing to comply with an instalment order already made, and he is now attempting to vary its terms.

He appeared at Dublin District Court, where Benedict O Floinn BL, for MCR Personnel Ltd, told Judge Mary Collins that Mr McFeely was a week late in filing a statement of his affairs.

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Mr O Floinn contended that the builder was in breach of the court orders and should be jailed. He said there were a number of gaps in the documents, and the case "has connections with the Priory Hall matter" though it is not linked to the separate bankruptcy proceedings.

Mr O Floinn told Judge Collins that Mr McFeely was trying to vary an instalment order made earlier in connection with the money he owes to MCR Personnel Ltd.

The District Court had also been asked whether this case could go ahead because Mr McFeely had been adjudicated bankrupt.

Mr O Floinn suggested that McFeely could be given a chance to mend his hand in relation to the statement of affairs he has already provided.

Mr McFeely, who recently had to vacate his house in Ailesbury Road, in Dublin 4, did not address the court yesterday.

But his solicitor Jason Kelly said he was not aware that the disclosure his client had furnished was deficient.

Judge Collins adjourned the case until October 30 and gave Mr McFeely one week to complete a comprehensive statement of his affairs.

Mr McFeely had owed about €34,000 for services he had obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd, trading as MCR Group, which is based at Capel Building, in Dublin city- centre. He paid €10,000 to the recruitment company but two subsequent cheque payments bounced.

Earlier this year, Dublin District Court made an instalment order against him to compel him to clear the remaining balance which amounted to €24,288.

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

Irish Independent

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