SOLICITOR ALLOWED TO STAY AT MANSION UNTIL APPEAL HEARING ON THURSDAY
Solicitor Brian O’Donnell will be allowed to stay at the Gorse Hill mansion in South Dublin until next Thursday when his appeal will be heard.
The Court of Appeal granted him the stay after Mr O’Donnell – who owes Bank of Ireland over 70 million euro – argued that the deadline of 5 o’clock this evening was ‘unlawful and unjust’.
Brian O’Donnell arrived late for this morning’s hearing at the Court of Appeal – apologising to Judge Sean Ryan.
The solicitor was looking for the 5 o’clock deadline set by the High Court yesterday to be extended pending his appeal. He said the timeline was impossible, unjust and unlawful.
Cian Ferriter for Bank of Ireland argued that there was no basis for extending the stay – and said Mr O’Donnell and his wife had orchestrated a blockade and artificially created an occupation of the property with the assistance of the so-called land league.
After rising for half an hour to consider their decision, the three judge panel returned and told Mr O’Donnell that his stay would be granted until Thursday when his appeal will be heard.
That hearing has been set for 2 o’clock on Thursday afternoon.