Thursday 8 December 2016

Dunne's wife appeals US court ruling

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

Gayle Killilea Dunne enters court in Connecticut for a hearing with NAMA in February 2013. Photo: Douglas Healey
Gayle Killilea Dunne enters court in Connecticut for a hearing with NAMA in February 2013. Photo: Douglas Healey

The wife of bust property developer Sean Dunne is trying to prevent efforts to sue her for up to €100m.

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Gayle Killilea has lodged an appeal against a US court ruling which paved the way for bankruptcy officials to sue her for the return of assets transferred to her by her husband.

Ms Killilea filed the appeal with the US District Court in Connecticut, aiming to overturn a decision last year which has left her open to lawsuits in Ireland, the US and South Africa.

It is the latest development in a high stakes battle raging over whether Ms Killilea was lawfully given tens of millions of euro in cash and property assets by her husband.

Last November, bankruptcy judge Alan Shiff issued a decision which meant lawsuits against Ms Killilea could not be impeded by an injunction blocking creditors from suing her husband over his debts.

The former newspaper gossip columnist is being sued by a US bankruptcy official and an Irish Insolvency Service official.

Both are seeking to "set aside alleged fraudulent transfers" made by Mr Dunne to her.

Irish Independent

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