Friday 28 October 2016

Solicitor O'Donnell fails to meet with Gorse Hill receiver


solicitor Brian O'Donnell has failed in an attempt to meet with the receiver who wishes to sell the mansion at Gorse Hill in Killiney, Dublin where he and his wife are currently living.

The receiver, Tom Kavanagh, is seeking to sell the house - valued at €7m - to meet part of a €71.5m debt owed by the O'Donnells for various unpaid property loans extended by Bank of Ireland.

The O'Donnells have been battling through the courts to try and hang onto the property which they claim is owned by their children through a company, Vico Ltd, which holds it for their benefit.

Yesterday Mr O'Donnell, along with his son Blake and a spokesperson - failed Direct Democracy Ireland election candidate Ben Gilroy - attempted to meet the receiver in the case yesterday.

They left the offices of Deloitte on Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin at approximately 12 noon having only been in the building for three minutes.

"We asked to meet with Tom Kavanagh, he was unavailable so we asked to meet with his partner Ken Fennell. He was unavailable also," Mr O'Donnell said.

"We then asked to meet with Brendan Jennings, managing partner of Deloitte and he was also unavailable.

"We can't find out how much we owe Bank of Ireland private banking," he claimed, declining to make any further comment.

New Land League figure Jerry Beades - who has been supporting the O'Donnells in their Gorse Hill battle was also present.

Mr Beades famously described the Gorse Hill house - which boasts views over killiney Bay - as "bog-standard" during an appearance on Vincent Browne's TV3 show.

Mr Kavanagh, Mr Fennell and Mr Jennings were unavailable for comment.

The row over Gorse Hill is just one of Mr O'Donnell's legal battles.

Separately last week the High Court refused an application by Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia O'Donnell to annul an adjudication of bankruptcy.

Mr O'Donnell has said he will appeal that ruling.

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