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Dearbhail McDonald: This is one case the State knows it must win

Published 06/10/2010 | 05:00

THE convening of a three-judge court should have done it. The appearance, personally, of Attorney General Paul Gallagher definitely did it.

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But if there was ever any doubt that the legal challenge by property investor Paddy McKillen to the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) was a crucial one, surely it was the invocation of one of the leading cases from the McCarthy era in the US.

Yesterday in the High Court, lawyers acting for Paddy McKillen -- who owes €2.1bn to Irish banks in loans that are currently destined for NAMA -- invoked one of the most famous judicial passages on the right to fair procedures to thwart his entry into the arms of NAMA, which is vying for his €150m annual rent roll.

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