Warrant for Priory Hall developer’s arrest over failure to pay debt

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of developer Tom McFeely as a result of his failure to pay a debt in excess of €24,000 to a recruitment firm.

The builder, notorious for the condemned Priory Hall apartment complex in Donaghmede in Dublin, has been the subject of civil proceedings. On Jan 19, he had been summonsed to appear at the Dublin District Court for failing to pay €24,288 for services obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd, a company which specialises in recruiting for construction firms.

However, Mr McFeely did not turn up for the hearing, which was then dealt with in his absence.

The court had heard that in July last year, circuit court judgments had been made against Mr McFeely resulting in him being ordered to pay about €34,000 for services he had obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd, trading as MCR Group, which is based at Capel Building, in Dublin city centre.

McFeely paid €10,000 to the recruitment company. However, two subsequent cheque payments bounced and in November, the creditor applied to Dublin District Court to summons Mr McFeely and to make an instalment order against him to compel him to clear the remaining balance which amounted to €24,288.

Benedict Ó Floinn, counsel for MCR Personnel Ltd, had asked Judge John Lindsay on Jan 19 last to make an instalment order against the developer, who had filed for bankruptcy in Britain.

He had told the court: “This individual Mr McFeely has come to prominence in recent weeks because of the now notorious activities at Priory Hall.

“Somewhat surprisingly, for someone with a republican background, he is sheltering behind the skirt of the Queen of England.”

Judge Lindsay had agreed to make the instalment order to compel Mr McFeely to pay €24,288 within seven days.

He had also said that notice was to be served on Mr McFeely, at his home on Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4.

Under section 6.7 of the Enforcement of Court Orders (Amendment) Act 2009, failure to comply with the instalment order within seven says of receiving notice, could result in Mr McFeely being jailed for up to three months.

Yesterday, the court issued a warrant for his arrest for not complying with the instalment order.

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