COWBOY builder Tom McFeely is the owner of a luxury €2.5m Portuguese villa - despite telling the courts he owns no foreign properties. It has now emerged today that the former IRA hunger striker is trying to sell the secret palatial pad, located in the Algarve.
MCFEELY and his wife bought the six-bedroom "monster villa" in 2009 -- but the shamed ex-developer is struggling to sell it.
It's understood McFeely and his wife have accumulated €9,000 in unpaid rates -- which will have to be paid off by whoever buys the property.
The news comes as a London court dramatically overturned McFeely's UK bankruptcy bid in what is seen as a major blow to the Priory Hall builder. The court's decision means McFeely now faces being made bankrupt for 12 years in Ireland, instead of just one year in the UK.
The news that McFeely has been enjoying the benefits of a luxury Portuguese villa will come as yet another blow to the Priory Hall residents, who have been left devastated as a result of the shoddy building works of his firm.
The villa -- in the upmarket Quinta do Lago area -- has been placed on the property market with a €2.5m price tag. McFeely and his American wife Nina bought it in 2007 and later took a €2.4m loan out on the property.
Potential buyers are being shown a squash court and two swimming pools -- with several of McFeely's neighbours believed to be millionaires.
Despite the villa being in a posh area, the couple have allowed it to fall into a state of disrepair. All the fittings, including the property's original staircase, have been removed.
But it is the revelation that McFeely failed to reveal the property from the UK courts that will prove most infuriating for the 260 displaced Priory Hall residents.
According to official court documents, McFeely lists a raft of properties he owns -- but denies owning any properties abroad.
Today's revelations come just two week's after the Herald revealed that McFeely had viewed properties in plush Dublin 4.
Sources revealed that McFeely and a female viewed apartments in Bloc House near Donnybrook, which was bought by the State in the boom for €9.2m. Attempts to contact McFeely today were unsuccessful.