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Stephanie Meehan says decision to give her McFeely cash a “very thoughtful gesture”

€5,000 of the €200,000 found at the developer’s old home in September was released to the house’s new owners, and they’ve decided to pass it on to the former Priory Hall resident.

Gardaí and the Criminal Assets Bureau at McFeely's former home in September
Gardaí and the Criminal Assets Bureau at McFeely's former home in September
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Updated 11.21pm

FORMER PRIORY HALL resident Stephanie Meehan says the decision by the owners of a Ballsbridge home to give her their share of cash awarded to them by the official overseeing the estate of bankrupt developer Tom McFeely is “very thoughtful”.

Around €200,000 of the Priory Hall developer’s money was found at the house in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 earlier this year. According to RTÉ News, the Official Assignee tasked with managing McFeely’s estate asked the High Court today to release €10,000 of the cash to the two builders who found the money, and the owners of the house.

However, the owners asked instead that their share  — totalling €5,000 — be paid over to Stephanie, the mother-of-two whose story refocussed national attention of the plight of the residents, after her husband died by suicide.

Spokesperson for the residents Graham Usher told TheJournal.ie he had been speaking to Stephanie today and that she had described the move as “a lovely thing to do”.

The €200,000 was discovered in the bathroom of the Ballsbridge house in September. Builders carrying out renovation work in the bathroom found banknotes wrapped in plastic bags and elastic bands.

The balance of the cash is expected to go to McFeely’s secured creditors.

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Stephanie Meehan appears on The Late Late Show in August [Screengrab via RTÉ]

Originally published 8.30pm

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