THE Herald has relentlessly tracked the movements of IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely since he entered the Dublin housing market. Over the past five years, we have reported extensively on the provo turned developer.
29/03/06: We reported that McFeely was now one of Dublin's premier property tycoons. He looked every inch the successful building empire boss, drove a Bentley, had a €14m mansion on Ailesbury Road and was putting the finishing touches to a €30m property deal in Tallaght. He had reinvented himself and "made a fortune" through a series of astute land deals and construction work.
15/05/06: McFeely had been hit with a multi-million euro tax bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau. The CAB initially looked for €8m in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties, but a team of advisers had managed to negotiate €2m off the bill after weeks of talks. The settlement was believed to relate to money earned by McFeely from his various building interests, dating back to the 1990s.
02/10/06: McFeely came under fire for leaving a housing estate "like a bomb had hit it". Residents of Na Cluainte housing estate in Portarlington, Co Offaly, said that McFeely had turned their area into a building site after digging up their roads and destroying their only green space. He bought the site in 1999 but ran into problems after building 84 detached and semi detached houses in the mixed development.
17/4/07: Hundreds of fed-up residents of Na Cluainte were considering a resort to extreme measures in a bid to force Mr McFeely to finish off work on their housing estate.
His building company, Coalport, was being hauled before the High Court by Offaly Co Council amid claims it had breached planning regulations.
Residents threatened to protest outside Mr McFeely's south Dublin offices if he did not fulfil his obligations. The 84 houses were built in 1999 and residents only managed to get proper roads around the estate after their plight was highlighted in the Herald.
5/11/09: Tom McFeely was accused of holding up a major revamp of the Square shopping centre in Tallaght, delaying the arrival of 6,000 jobs.
A legal row involving McFeely, his partner Larry O'Mahony and property developer Liam Carroll and a company run by one of the Square's owners had overshadowed the regeneration of the shopping centre.
The Millennium Square plans involved the south Dublin shopping centre almost doubling in size.
13/3/10: We reported that apartments built by McFeely at Priory Hall in Donaghmede were still not compliant with fire regulations, despite a February 28 deadline having passed. Residents were told it would take up to another six weeks to finish the work.
17/7/10: More problems at Priory Hall, with rusting balconies and roofs that retained water. Dublin City Council architect staff reported on a series of defects in the apartments with remedial works needs on the roofs.
22/10/10: The cheapest apartments in Dublin were sold for €63,000 each at Blakestown Road, D15. They were developed by McFeely and his partner, Larry O'Mahony.
17/10/11: There were tears from angry residents at Priory Hall as they were moved to a hotel at a cost of €200,000 a month. There were angry scenes outside the High Court as residents confronted McFeely.