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O’Brien’s luxury pad repossessed by bank

The former home of the late Irish minister and writer Conor Cruise O'Brien is to be handed back to Irish Nationwide after its current owners failed to repay a mortgage of over €1.4m.

Patrick Cruise O'Brien and his sister Margaret, the adopted children of Mr Cruise O'Brien — a former UK Unionist member who took a keen interest in Northern Irish affairs — and his wife Marie Mhac an tSaoi, are to return the keys of the luxury Dublin home to the building society.

The brother and sister have a mortgage of more than €1.4m on the property and owe tens of thousands of euro in repayment arrears and legal costs.

The house, once known as ‘Bayview' but now called ‘Whitewater', sits on Howth Summit. It is understood to be in serious negative equity and, in the current difficult marketplace, has been valued at just €800,000.

It is still the home of the the Cruise O'Briens' mother, the distinguished Irish language poet, Ms Mhac an tSaoi.

County registrar Susan Ryan yesterday received a consent from the Cruise O'Briens, stating they will give the building society vacant possession within three months during which time they will search for alternative accommodation.

Conor Cruise O'Brien died at his Howth home in December 2008 at the age of 91.

Belfast Telegraph