Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Judge orders Irish police to arrest Dublin socialite

A judge in the Irish Republic has issued a warrant for the arrest of one of Dublin’s best known socialites.

Gardai have been ordered to bring Fiona Nagle – wife of disgraced millionaire Breifne O’Brien – before a city court.

It is the latest trouble for the couple and follows Irish High Court orders that he pay over €16m to investors in his apparent pyramid scheme.

The Garda Fraud Squad has been told to investigate the case by another judge.

Now Ms Nagle is wanted in court over a host of outstanding parking fines.

A court last month heard she needed €4,000-a-week to survive.

Now gardai have been instructed to bring the former receptionist and party organiser before Dun Laoghaire District Court to meet year-old allegations concerning breaches of parking regulations.

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Council had already written to the socialite mother-of-five, warning that a warrant could be issued if she did not turn up.

Ms Nagle’s case involves two separate parking offences in south Dublin in 2007.

It is alleged that she parked in a loading bay and within five metres of a junction.

Ms Nagle's arrest will add to the troubled couple's woes, after O'Brien's financial wrongdoings resulted in the courts ordering him to repay €16m to his investors and freezing his assets.

The disgraced tycoon's investment scheme is also due to be probed by the Garda National Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

Less than a month ago, O'Brien (43) did not go to Dun Laoghaire District Court for the hearing of his own parking breach case and he was fined €170.

His wife was summoned to be in court on the same date and was also absent.

Judge Clare Leonard directed her to attend and she failed to do so again last Friday.

After her first absence, Judge Leonard directed that Nagle should be present as she had previous parking convictions.

A letter was sent out by the prosecuting authority, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, to the O'Brien family home at Invergarry, Silchester Road, Glenageary.

It stated that she was required to attend court the next time and a bench warrant could be issued for her arrest.

When Nagle's case was called on Friday, she was absent again.

Solicitor Ronnie Lynam, for the council, told Judge Leonard that: "The lady in question has been notified of the court's direction for her to be here."

One of the prosecutions against her related to an incident on December 3, 2007 when she was alleged to have parked within five metres of a junction at George's Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire.

At first, Judge Leonard said the case should be adjourned because the traffic warden was not present.

She then recalled that Nagle "might have previous" and said she should be told to attend by letter.

"That was in the last letter," Mr Lynam said.

"She hasn't been in touch, has she?," the judge asked.

Mr Lynam said she had not and the judge issued the warrant for Ms Nagle's arrest.

The alleged parking offences relate to a time when the couple were still enjoying a lavish lifestyle, with no hint of an impending financial storm.

When O'Brien's assets were frozen by a court, Nagle pleaded with a judge that she needed €4,000 a week for household expenses.

The couple's children range in age from two to 17 years.

Among those who brought legal claims against alleged pyramid scheme operator O'Brien was his brother-in-law, the Belgian financier Bernard Lambilliotte, who is married to Breifne's sister Aoife.

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