New front opens in Gorse Hill row
The O'Donnells of Gorse Hill have launched yet another High Court action, this time challenging a "dawn raid" on their Killiney home by the state's bankruptcy supervisor.
Brian O'Donnell was given permission by the High Court last Friday to question the legality of the raid on Gorse Hill two months ago. In an affidavit filed before the raid, Chris Lehane, the Official Bankruptcy Assignee, had claimed that he feared certain items may have been "concealed, removed or about to be removed" from the property.
Mr O'Donnell, who denied the claims, was given a date in December for a hearing. Brian and Mary Patricia O'Donnell are being sued by Bank of Ireland over €71m in debts. They lost their appeal to stay in Gorse Hill, and their attempt to have their bankruptcies annulled, last week.
The O'Donnell children vowed to continue in their fight to keep their home.
"We will be in Gorse Hill next year, otherwise we wouldn't be taking our cases," Blake O'Donnell told Marian Finucane's radio show yesterday.
"It's been a war zone for the last five years but none of us can walk away now."