O'Donnells to stay in Gorse Hill for Easter
RETIRED solicitor Brian O'Donnell and his wife are to be allowed remain in the former family home at Gorse Hill until April 15 after a court said it would not give its decision on his latest legal challenge until that date.
Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan, presiding at the three-judge Court of Appeal, yesterday said the court would not after all be in a position to give its decision as there were a number of "serious issues" to be considered.
The stay was first granted a week-and-a-half ago pending determination of the couple's appeal of a High Court decision that they were trespassing.
The case was back before the appeal court to hear submissions from Bank of Ireland, who appointed the receiver in pursuit of a €71.5m debt against the O'Donnells, and from Mr O'Donnell who is representing himself and his wife (pictured).
Mr O'Donnell had claimed the receiver was not validly appointed and that a seal on documentation relating to that appointment was not valid.
Cian Ferriter SC, for the bank, said in a judgment on a separate case, the Supreme Court had found there was "no merit or substance in these technical points".