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Mansion eviction row solicitor told that the 'game is up'

By Brian Hutton

A solicitor refusing to leave a seaside mansion at the centre of a repossession order in one of Ireland's most affluent neighbourhoods has been told "the game is up".

Brian O'Donnell left the luxury residence known as Gorse Hill, at Killiney, south Dublin, yesterday to attend a High Court hearing into his fight against eviction.

The court was told Mr O'Donnell and his wife, psychiatrist Mary Patricia, consented in an agreement with Bank of Ireland four years ago to vacate the property if the lender sought it as security on the pair's £52m debts.

Barrister Cian Ferriter, for Bank of Ireland, said the couple were using the courts as a "tactical manoeuvre" and were refusing to accept a clear legal agreement.

"He's either unprepared or unable to accept the fact that he has these liabilities, he has no right to reside in Gorse Hill, and the game is up," he said.

Mr Ferriter said the O'Donnells, who are claiming residency rights at the mansion, had consistently told courts in the UK and Ireland during bankruptcy proceedings that they were living permanently in East Haxsted, Kent.

They flew into Dublin last Friday to occupy the house overlooking Dublin Bay after their children were given short service from the courts, the senior counsel told the High Court.

Judge Brian McGovern rejected an application to adjourn the case.

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