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Court adjourns application for Priory Hall developer’s bankruptcy

The High Court adjourns an application making Thomas McFeely bankrupt in Ireland, so that his UK bankruptcy can be challenged.

Thomas McFeely, who was declared bankrupt in London last Friday, was not present in court for today's hearing.
Thomas McFeely, who was declared bankrupt in London last Friday, was not present in court for today's hearing.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE HIGH COURT has adjourned an application to have Thomas McFeely, the developer behind the infamous Priory Hall complex, declared bankrupt in the Republic of Ireland.

The court was due to hear an application this morning from a woman who claims to be owed €300,000 by McFeely as a result of a previous High Court order, relating to structural defects in a property she had bought from McFeely.

The BBC reports that the woman, Theresa McGuinness, is set to pursue a challenge to his bankruptcy in London.

RTÉ adds that McFeely’s own lawyers said they had been surprised by the news of McFeely’s filing for bankruptcy in England – saying they were not aware of his application until after it had been filed.

They added that they could not act for McFeely in that light. McFeely was not present for today’s hearing.

McFeely, a former IRA hunger striker, travelled to the UK on a British passport to claim bankruptcy in that jurisdiction; he had been ordered to surrender his Irish passport by the High Court last year.

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