Published Thursday, 26 September 2013
A stash of €50 notes were found at the multi-million pound mansion. (© Getty)
Gardaí recovered the wad of banknotes in a property repossessed from the bankrupt-billionaire just days after a plumber discovered €140,000 hidden under a bath.
It is understood that the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) ordered a fingertip search of the mansion on the affluent Ailesbury Road in Ballsbridge, south Dublin, following Friday's find.
The latest haul, which was made up of €50 notes wrapped in rubber bands and plastic bags, was reportedly also found in the bathroom.
The money will remain in a bank account under the control of an official assignee appointed by the High Court until a legitimate owner has been identified.
On Thursday, the gardens and drains of the extensive mansion were searched with teams of gardaí also observed removing bags from inside the home and using heavy tools including long handled shovels, axes and ladders for the operation.
McFeely, originally from Dungiven, Co Londonderry, served 12 years in the Maze Prison for shooting an RUC officer in the city of Derry and spent 53 days without food during the 1980 hunger strikes.
The businessman has claimed in the past that he has bank debts in excess of €200million - but has remained in the media spotlight over the years mainly because of a court case involving the controversial Priory Hall development in Donaghmede, north Dublin.
Some 65 families were forced to move out of the complex in October 2011 after experts deemed it a fire hazard and a string of construction defects were found.
McFeely avoided going back behind bars last July after successfully overturning a contempt of court judgment.
The developer appealed against a judgment that he broke court orders.
He had been ordered by the High Court in Dublin to carry out remedial works at Priory Hall, but was sentenced and fined when he did not.
Barristers for Mr McFeely appealed it was impossible for their client to comply with orders because he had been evicted from the site.
The state's bad bank, the National Assets Management Agency (Nama), repossessed McFeely's Ballsbridge mansion after he was declared bankrupt last summer.
It was placed on the market at €3m- just a fraction of previous valuations of around €15m.
The house was sold and renovations are now under way.
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