Sunday 19 November 2017

Official happy to return items in Dunne case

Sean Dunne
Sean Dunne

Aodhan O'Faolain

A COURT-appointed official in charge of developer Sean Dunne's bankruptcy is happy to return any items seized in a raid from a luxury property that do not form part of the now US-based businessman's estate, a judge has been told.

Mr Dunne, who was adjudicated as a bankrupt both in Ireland and in the United States, has brought a legal challenge aimed at recovering documents and other materials, believed to include a number of paintings and documents "related to matrimonial proceedings".

They were seized last month from a property in Co Kildare by the official administering his bankruptcy, Chris Lehane.

The court heard that the items seized include 100 pieces of artwork, golf memorabilia and a framed picture of Lansdowne Road.

When the matter was mentioned in the High Court yesterday, Bill Shipsey, for Mr Dunne, said his client required time to respond to a statement furnished to the court on behalf of Mr Lehane. Counsel said that it was also their intention to cross-examine Mr Lehane on the contents of his affidavit evidence.

Mr Justice John Cooke noted that there was a dispute on the facts between the two sides and adjourned the matter to Thursday.

Irish Independent

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