Belfast Telegraph

Lynch family to appeal ‘catastrophic’ £22m bank loan order

By Aoife Finneran

Cork-born businessman Philip Lynch and his family are to appeal against “catastrophic” orders requiring them to repay a bank loan of €26m (£22m).

Allied Irish Bank was granted judgment orders for €26m each against Mr Lynch, his wife Eileen and children Judith, Paul, Phillipa and Therese. The loans in question were given to the family and developer Gerry Conlon to buy development lands in Waterford in 2007. The judgment orders are not due to come into effect until January 11 after Mr Justice Michael Peart granted a temporary stay. In January, he will rule whether the family are entitled to a longer stay while they appeal the decision in the Supreme Court.

Mr Conlon's barrister Rossa Fanning said the court decision that the Lynchs were liable for the loans meant that his client could not defend a similar judgment being entered against him.

He said that if the Lynchs won their appeal, that would get his client “off the hook” and would mean he was also not liable to AIB.

Earlier, the Lynchs’ barrister Michael McDowell had objected to the judgment orders. He said the effect of the judgment orders was “catastrophic”.

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