Cash found at former IRA man’s home

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A further 60,000 euros (£50,510) has been found in the repossessed home of former IRA hunger-striker Tom McFeely in Dublin.

Criminal Assets Bureau officers recovered the notes in a bathroom of the house in Ballsbridge on Wednesday.

Last Friday, a plumber found 140,000 euros (£118,000) hidden under a bath in the house.

McFeely, originally from Foreglen, became a property developer after his release from jail.

The 50 euro notes found on Wednesday were rolled in elastic bands and stored in plastic bags.

No-one has come forward to claim the money, which has been lodged in a High Court assignee’s account appointed after the former IRA hunger striker was declared bankrupt.

According to Irish state broadcaster RTE, the search of the house was to finish last night. Documents or evidence as to the ownership of the cash are not believed to have been found.

McFeely has already denied in court that he has any hidden assets. The house in Ballsbridge was repossessed in August 2012, a month after he was declared bankrupt.

McFeely served a lengthy sentence for attempted murder of police, possession of weapons and a post office robbery.

He spent 53 days on hunger strike in the Maze prison in County Antrim in 1980.

When he was released in 1989, he left the republican movement and moved to Dublin where he began work in the building trade.

He became a multi-millionaire property developer during the Celtic Tiger housing boom, moving into the large Ballsbridge property in the expensive Dublin 4 district.

However, his business was ruined following a fire safety controversy over an apartment block that his company built in the north Dublin suburb of Donaghmede.

His firm, Coalport Developments, faced High Court action over allegations that the Priory Hall building breached fire safety regulations.