Ex-IRA man Thomas McFeely loses repossession challenge

Thomas McFeely
Image caption Thomas McFeely lost his challenge against the repossession of his south Dublin home

A former IRA hunger striker has lost a court challenge against the repossession of his south Dublin home.

The High Court in Dublin dismissed an appeal by the bankrupt developer Thomas McFeely over the repossession of his family home on Ailesbury Road.

The judge said the case appeared to be 'open and shut' and there was nothing wrong with the repossession order.

In August, the court ordered the family to move out because of a default on a 9.5m euros (£7.47m) mortgage.

The National Assets Management Agency, which was created by the Irish government to purge problem loans from various banks in the Republic, has taken over the mortgage on Mr McFeely's home at Ailesbury Road, Ballsbridge.

Mr McFeely is a former IRA member from Dungiven in County Londonderry who was jailed for shooting an RUC police officer.

He spent 53 days on hunger strike in the Maze Prison in 1980.

The McFeely family were ordered out of their home in August In recent years he has been involved in property development, but in July, he was declared bankrupt at Dublin's High Court.

Image caption The McFeely family were ordered out of their Ballsbridge home in August

During the previous bankruptcy proceedings, he claimed he was a British subject who should not be subjected to the Republic of Ireland's "punitive" bankruptcy rules.

However, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne ruled that Mr McFeely's centre of main interest was in the Republic of Ireland rather than the UK as he had claimed.

Mr McFeely is also the developer behind Dublin's Priory Hall complex which was at the centre of another court case.

In October 2011, more than 240 residents of the Priory Hall apartments were moved out of their homes.

The action was ordered by a court which heard that safety regulation breaches were so serious, a fire could spread through the whole building in minutes.

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