Opinion Analysis

Friday 22 September 2017

Maeve Sheehan: Greed and arrogance set lawyer Lynn apart

The Age of Indulgence

Michael Lynn arrives at court, with his wife Brid, in 2007
Michael Lynn arrives at court, with his wife Brid, in 2007
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

FROM his farming roots in rural Ireland to his sprawling €5m mansion on the north Dublin coast, Michael Lynn seemed the archetypal Celtic Tiger millionaire.

He was a 30-something professional solicitor who segued into international property, he liked getting his name in the paper and he had a beautiful wife and a stunning home to boot.

But greed and arrogance set him apart from his peers. While other developers got rich from buying and selling bigger and bigger properties for escalating profits, the desperately ambitious Lynn had to resort to a spectacular piece of mortgage trickery to muscle in on the action.

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