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Wednesday 23 August 2017

O'Donnells given a stay on appeal to leave €7m mansion

Solicitor Brian O'Donnell and his wife have been granted an extension on their appeal that they must vacate their€7m Killiney mansion.

The couple had been warned they faced jail if they did not vacate Gorse Hill by 5pm this evening.

However at the Court of Appeal this morning, an extension on their appeal was granted until next Thursday.

The Court of Appeal sat this morning to hear Mr O'Donnell's application for a continuation of the stay.

He was seeking to extend the time he and his wife have to vacate the property, so they could appeal the trespass order obtained by Bank of Ireland and a receiver.

Council for Bank of Ireland, and the receiver appointed to Gorse Hill, were also present in Court 22 at the Criminal Court of Justice this morning.

BLOCKADE

Cian Ferriter, SC for the bank, told the court Mr O'Donnell and his wife are "not the owners of the property."

Mr Ferriter told the court that the couple "orchestrated a blockade."

However, Brian O'Donnell insisted he and his wife have had "right of residence" at Gorse Hill since 2000. He told the court they are seeking a stay which is "reasonable in the circumstances."

After considering Mr O'Donnell's application, President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Sean Ryan said his notice of appeal had to be lodged "by close of business today." Mr Justice Ryan, who sat with Mr Justice George Birmingham and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan, said the matter was "urgent." He told Mr O'Donnell that he must "present his case" on Thursday.

This morning, employees of a furniture removal company loaded furniture from the Gorse Hill mansion onto a truck as it appeared that the end was in sight in the long, drawn-out saga.

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