Belfast Telegraph

Mansion eviction couple face delay

By Brian Hutton

A bankrupt lawyer-turned-property speculator fighting eviction will have to wait until next week to hear whether he can remain at his former mansion that is at the centre of a repossession saga.

Dublin's Court of Appeal granted a further stay on a trespass order against Brian O'Donnell and his psychiatrist wife Mary Patricia at the luxury house known as Gorse Hill, at Killiney, overlooking Dublin Bay.

In his latest battle to stay on at the coastal pile, Mr O'Donnell has challenged the validity of the appointment of receiver Tom Kavanagh.

He argued the legal documents appointing him were not properly sealed as required under the law.

Judge Mary Finlay Geoghegan said the three-judge court would have to see the original documents as they have been "squarely challenged" in the latest turn to the twisting legal fight between the O'Donnells and Bank of Ireland.

The Irish Court of Appeal will interrupt another case next Tuesday for 10 minutes to briefly hear the challenge.

Judge Finlay Geoghegan said the court was anxious to finalise the case and was aiming to deliver judgment before the end of next week.

In the meantime, she granted a further stay until next Tuesday on the trespass order that was nailed to the gates of Gorse Hill telling the couple to leave.

Gorse Hill is owned by a company called Vico Ltd.

The case continues.

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