Friday 23 February 2018

Owner of Stardust fighting to save his home retains €500k equity in his lavish home

Colm Butterly, with an address in Clontarf, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after he appeared before the Circuit Civil Court.Pic: Collins
Colm Butterly, with an address in Clontarf, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after he appeared before the Circuit Civil Court.Pic: Collins

Ray Managh

Colm Butterly, one of the brothers who owned the ill-fated Stardust Night Club, retains up to €500,000 equity in his upmarket home in leafy Clontarf, Dublin, which a bank wants to re-possess, a judge was told today Thursday.

Julian Deale, a new solicitor representing Butterly, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court that the house at Seacourt, Clontarf, was worth €700,000 with encumbrances of only “in or about €200,000.”

He said Mr Butterly had experienced business difficulties and had family law problems. Celestine MacNally had been joined as a notice party to the possession proceedings.

Barrister Shaula Connaughton-Deeny, counsel for EBS Mortgage Finance Limited, told Judge Linnane in mid-March last that 70-year-old Butterly owed more than €170,000 on his mortgage and the lender was seeking to re-possess the property.

Ms Connaughton-Deeny, who appeared with Ronan Daly Jermyn solicitors, told the court Thursday that the overall debt now stood at just under €175,000.

She said Mr Butterly had borrowed €203,200 from EBS in 1996 and had taken out a further loan of €240,000 in 2008.  Both loans had been secured on the family home at Seacourt.

Mr Deale asked the court to give his client “one last chance” to come up with a solution to his financial problems and asked for a three months adjournment.

“He has engaged well-known insolvency practitioners McCambridge Duffy to look into his affairs and I don’t think anyone would be prejudiced by an adjournment peremptorily against him until the end of July,” Mr Deale said.

Judge Linnane said Mr Butterly had already told the court he intended putting a proposal to the lender but there had been no progress.  He had paid only €1,500 off his mortgage debt last year and just €1,000 in 2015.

His monthly repayments on one loan were €2,600 and €1,346 on the other. He had previously told the court he was not working but had taken up some sort of consultancy work.

Ms Connaughton-Deeny said the court had been given a number of excuses on the part of the defendant and although he had provided EBS with a financial statement of his affairs he still had not given the bank any vouching documentation to back it up.

Mr Deale said that if given one last chance he would instruct Mr Butterly’s financial advisers that this was the final opportunity.

When told there was “still huge equity” in the property, Judge Linnane said: “Yes, but whatever equity there is left is being eroded.  The bank wants these loans to be serviced and the arrears addressed. He doesn’t seem to have any substantial income to do so.”

Butterly previously told the court a receiver had been appointed by AIB to his group of companies, including Patrick Butterly and Sons Limited (in receivership) and Butterly.

Judge Linnane said there had already been two judgment mortgages registered against the same property in 2012 and 2014 by another financial institution and clearly Mr Butterly had other debts. She granted him an adjournment until June 22.

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