Priory Hall widow to get €5,000 from cash found in McFeely house

Monday 16 December 2013 22.32
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The money was found in Tom McFeely's former home
The money was found in Tom McFeely's former home
Stephanie Meehan is to receive €5,000
Stephanie Meehan is to receive €5,000

The partner of a Priory Hall resident who died by suicide is to be given €5,000 of the €200,000 found at the home of bankrupt developer Tom McFeely.

The Official Assignee responsible for managing Mr McFeely's estate asked the High Court this morning to release €10,000 to his office to reward the people who found the money.

The two builders who found the cash under a bath during renovations in September are to receive €2,500 each.

The homeowners, who bought the house on Ailesbury Road in Ballsbridge in Dublin, were to receive €5,000.

However, Official Assignee Chris Lehane told the court that the homeowners had asked that any reward payable to them should be paid instead to Stephanie Meehan.

Her partner Fiachra Daly took his own life in July after struggling with the stress and financial difficulties caused by the problems with the Priory Hall development.

The rest of the money is likely to go to pay Mr McFeely's secured creditors.

Mr McFeely had denied owning the €200,000 in cash found at the house in September and claimed gardaí had placed it there.

But Mr Lehane told the High Court he was satisfied the money was the property of Mr McFeely.

The Priory Hall complex in Dublin was evacuated in October 2011 because of fire safety issues.