Friday 20 April 2018

O'Donnell juggling his eviction and bankruptcy

Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell
Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell

Tim Healy

Retired solicitor Brian O'Donnell has been given more time to prepare a case related to his failed bankruptcy annulment proceedings - because he says he is busy dealing with his impending eviction from his former family home.

The Court of Appeal gave him until tomorrow to vacate, but he wants the Supreme Court to hear another appeal against that decision on a point of exceptional public importance.

Mr O'Donnell was back in the High Court before Ms Justice Caroline Costello yesterday to deal with costs of his failed bid to have his and his wife's 2013 bankruptcy overturned.

His solicitor son Blake was also there to deal with applications over a court-appointed bankruptcy official's decision to get a search warrant for Gorse Hill to look at its contents while he and his three siblings were still living there.

Ms Justice Costello said she would adjourn submissions on the question of costs of the bankruptcy annulment to May 14.

She had set this Thursday to deal with that issue, but was prepared to give Mr O'Donnell "a bit of leeway" after he asked that it be put back for practical reasons.

He needed more time because of the "simply human and practical problem" concerning the eviction in two days, he said.

Irish Independent

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