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Monday 15 October 2018

Another €60k found in McFeely's home

Tom McFeely
Tom McFeely

ANOTHER €60,000 has been found in the former home of disgraced Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely.

Gardai found the cash hidden in the bathroom of the property on Dublin's Ailesbury Road.

Searches by CAB officers were continuing today to determine whether there are more cash piles in McFeely's former mansion.

The Herald last week revealed that a plumber discovered €140,000 under a bathtub in the Dublin 4 property.

Last Friday's extraordinary find was followed by the discovery of a further €60,000 yesterday.

Officers carried out a full search of the property and its grounds at the request of senior detectives in the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

An extensive search of the bathroom, where the first sum of cash was found, led to the discovery of the second cash haul.

Similar to the first find last week, the money was made up of €50 notes. It means that a staggering €200,000 has been found so far in McFeely's former mansion.

 

Purchased

These photos show CAB officers and gardai arriving at the D4 address to carry out a full search of the plush property.

The house at number two Ailesbury Road, which is named 'Coolbawn', was sold by NAMA for €2.6m in May.

The property was purchased in May by Hilary Hynes, the wife of public relations adviser Rory Godson.

Searches of the property were expected to continue today.

McFeely will be formally asked to clarify whether he has any knowledge of the cash and why it was concealed under a floorboard in the multi-million-euro property. The rogue developer is understood to be in Northern Ireland.

Gardai are confident the money belongs to the former IRA hunger striker because the house was purchased in July 2001, prior to the introduction of the euro.

 

The news of the second find is sure to shock the displaced residents of Priory Hall, who say it should be used to resolve the problems at the Donaghmede complex.

McFeely is due to appear before Dublin District Court on October 8. The court heard he has failed to pay a €24,288 bill for services obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd.

He could face a three-month jail term for failing to comply with an earlier court order.

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