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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Removal truck spotted at Killiney home of O'Donnells as court fight continues

Brian O'Donnell and son Blake at the Commercial Court
Brian O'Donnell and son Blake at the Commercial Court

A removal truck has been spotted at the Killiney home of solicitor Brian O’Donnell and his family, who are battling eviction in the courts.

The house on Vico Road was under the spotlight last week when O’Donnell barricaded himself into it with the help of the anti-eviction group known as the New Land League.

While O’Donnell and his wife Mary Pat have refused to leave the mansion overlooking Killiney Bay, a large removal truck was sighted by locals at the house last night.

“The truck picked up a number of boxes and was not at the property for very long,” a local source told the Herald.

Meanwhile, the New Land League’s Jerry Beades (inset) has insisted the group, which was set up to help people whose family homes were under threat, were right to represent the O’Donnell family in their fight for their multi-million euro house on one of Dublin’s most expensive addresses.

Mr Beades built up bank debts of almost €16m during his career as a developer. He  said that he is in the process of appealing all of it and that he believes he made the right decision not to “skip off to England” for bankruptcy.

Mr Beades (56) said he hoped that the New Land League’s representation of the high-profile residence of Gorse Hill on Vico Road would serve to highlight other eviction cases around the country – most notably in Limerick where banks are looking to repossess 219 family homes.

“If Gorse Hill this week put it on the map, thankfully Gorse Hill put it on the map,” he said.

The Dubliner said that he first got to know solicitor Brian and Mary Pat O’Donnell – who owe €71m – when he went through a similar battle with the banks.

“I was contacted by Brian O’Donnell when I defeated my bankruptcy in the courts,” he said on RTE’s Marian Finucane show.

“I was served with the legal proceedings on the day of my mother’s funeral.  I went in and challenged the bank and (the) judge ruled and dismissed my bankruptcy.”

The Herald last week revealed details of the stalled development built by Mr Beades that is now a concrete eyesore.

He planned to open a large apartment complex beside the historic Fairview home of one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, Thomas Clarke, but subsequently ran out of cash.

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