Thursday 27 April 2017

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

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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

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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