Bankrupt developer Tom McFeely stays under the radar in US
Rogue developer Tom McFeely has taken a trip to the US to escape the fall-out from a property debacle in the Republic.
Gardai have been told that Co Londonderry-born Mr McFeely left for the US within the past fortnight as the Irish government worked on a deal to help families who bought flats in his condemned development, Priory Hall in Dublin.
According to sources, detectives were interested in talking to Mr McFeely about a €200,000 (£169,000) stash of cash that was hidden in the bathroom of his former family home on Ailesbury Road in Dublin.
They were told that the Dungiven-born former IRA hunger striker went to America to escape the negative publicity over Priory Hall, which escalated last month following the suicide of a former resident of the death- trap complex.
The bankrupt developer is due back in Ireland next month to be cross-examined in court by one of his creditors over allegations that he did not disclose all of his assets.
Under Irish bankruptcy rules, Mr McFeely requires the permission of the Official Assignee before travelling abroad. He may have required special visa approval from US authorities because of his criminal conviction in Northern Ireland.
Mr McFeely has reportedly denied knowledge of the cash found in his Ailesbury Road home.