Saturday 18 November 2017

McFeely tried to save his skin, not Ireland

The former IRA hunger striker and Priory Hall developer only thought of money and himself, writes Julia Molony

Sometimes all it takes is a little financial squeeze to turn a self-styled freedom fighter into a hypocrite. Just ask Tom McFeely. Once an IRA hunger striker, he's now a bankrupt developer and, in an astounding volte-face, has this week been waving his British passport and pleading for mercy in a UK court.

"I am not a citizen of the Republic of Ireland," he told the court in no uncertain terms. Striking words from an ex-IRA man, no? Perhaps, but it makes more sense when you consider that under stringent Irish bankruptcy laws it takes 12 years to be granted a discharge. In the UK, however, it's just one year.

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