Thursday 27 October 2016

Politician and two brothers ordered by judge to vacate home so it can be sold

Ray Managh

Published 27/04/2015 | 13:25

Cllr Paul Hand
Cllr Paul Hand

A Dublin politician and his two siblings have been ordered by a judge to leave their home so it can be sold.

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Dublin City Councillor Paul Hand and his two brothers, Alan and Stephen, were today told by a judge to quit their home so that it can be sold and the proceeds shared among them and with their father Denis.

Denis Hand, a catering supervisor, with an address at Bloomfield Avenue, Portobello, Dublin, told the Circuit Civil Court that his three sons had agreed at mediation to vacate the former family home at  Millrose Estate, Bluebell, Dublin, by June 2 last year but were still living in the place.

The father stated in an affidavit to the court that following a settlement reached at mediation he had employed an estate agent to view the house at No 5 with the intention of putting it on the market.

He told the court the back garden was full of  “rubbish, detritus and debris” dumped in it by his sons.

“The house was a complete mess with laundry and clothes lying everywhere,” Mr Hand senior said. He said there was a leak emanating from the bathroom and it seemed to have been leaking for some time.

The father told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the affidavit that he had recently got married and was now living in a bed-sit with his new wife.

He said it was a damp room and as his wife had a chest condition it was totally unsuitable for her.

Mr Hand Snr said he was unable to afford new accommodation as he was maintaining mortgage repayments on the family home as agreed at mediation.

He said there was no excuse for his sons’ continued occupation of the premises as they had agreed to vacate the house.

The court heard that one of the defendants was a politician and two were engaged in further education. One of them, who had employment, had applied for a loan to buy out their father’s interest in the home.

Judge Linnane said the house remained in the name of Mr Denis Hand and she granted him an order for possession against his sons, directing that the brothers vacate the house by May 25 next.

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