A bankruptcy official is preparing to seek to have former billionaire Seán Dunne jailed arising from a breach of a court order to pay €7,000 a month.
The Irish Independent understands Chris Lehane, the official assignee in Mr Dunne's case, will today bring a motion before the bankruptcy court.
He is expected to seek the attachment and committal of the former 'Baron of Ballsbridge' arising from his breach of a court order to pay €7,000 a month to his creditors.
The Celtic Tiger property developer recently claimed he is earning just €200 a month.
He also claimed he was unable to pay the €7,000 a month he was ordered to put into his bankruptcy estate to increase the assets creditors.
The Carlow-born businessman said he had no significant income, had difficulty getting work, and was not in a position to contribute to the cost of looking after his family.
However, the official assignee is expected to claim in the motion to be brought before Justice Teresa Pilkington today the breach is "wilful and deliberate".
If the order is secured, it could potentially lead to Mr Dunne's committal to prison until he remedies the breach.
However, it remains to be seen what the outcome of the court hearing will be, and it is understood Mr Dunne is not in the country.
Mr Dunne has been engaged in legal battles on several fronts since he was plunged into financial crisis.
Mr Dunne's Irish bankruptcy was in 2018 extended for 12 years over failure to co-operate with the official assignee.
Meanwhile, Mr Lehane has been working with US bankruptcy trustee Richard Coan to recover assets for creditors.
Recently Mr Dunne was involved in a legal row with his ex-wife Gayle Killilea, with whom he had moved to the US after his empire collapsed.
A jury in Connecticut last year ordered Ms Killilea to pay €18m to Mr Dunne's bankruptcy trustee after concluding various assets, including Dublin mansion Walford, were fraudulently transferred to her.
A settlement was reached between her and US bankruptcy trustee Mr Coan.
But Mr Dunne issued proceedings in New York's Supreme Court ultimately aimed at blocking his ex-wife from using funds held by a Cypriot firm, Yesreb Holdings Ltd, as part of the settlement.
However, €12m once held by Yesreb was subsequently paid to the US trustee as part of Ms Killilea's settlement.
Mr Dunne indicated in a legal filing he could bring proceedings to claw the money back as he alleges it is owed to a trust for the four children he fathered with Ms Killilea.
But lawyers for his ex-wife say the children have no claim.
Last month, the Irish bankruptcy trustee agreed to lift a claim registered over the property Walford, sold for €14.2m more than three years ago.
Mr Lehane consented to a declaration that a trust for the benefit of financier Dermot Desmond's children has acquired good title to Walford.
Mr Dunne had separately initiated injunction proceedings in New York aimed at restraining his son John using funds held by Yesreb to settle the Irish High Court proceedings.
Mr Lehane had sued Yesreb here in a bid to recover the proceeds of the sale of Walford.