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Police find €60,000 stashed in mansion of former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely

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Marc Rich’s family put properties up for sale

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Plumber finds €140,000 stashed under bath in ex-IRA man's mansion

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Boris Berezovsky’s legal battles may have cost him up to £100m

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has moved to defend last week’s bankruptcy filing

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The governor of Michigan today defended last week’s bankruptcy filing by Detroit even as lawyers for his office moved to contest a ruling by a lower court judge that it violates the state constitution and must be withdrawn.

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