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Brendan and Asta Kelly...19/04/12 Brendan (71) and Astra (63) Kelly pictured outside their home in St. Matthias Wood, Killiney from which they were evicted yesterday...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

Brendan and Asta Kelly...19/04/12 Brendan (71) and Astra (63) Kelly pictured outside their home in St. Matthias Wood, Killiney from which they were evicted yesterday...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

COLIN KEEGAN

Brendan and Asta Kelly...19/04/12 Brendan (71) and Astra (63) Kelly pictured outside their home in St. Matthias Wood, Killiney from which they were evicted yesterday...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

THE High Court has given the all-clear for the sale of a house at the centre of a high-profile eviction earlier this year.

Last April images of Brendan and Asta Kelly being forcibly removed from their upmarket home in Killiney, south Dublin, sparked a nationwide debate.

Their eviction came on foot of an order granted to Irish Nationwide, which subsequently became part of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), in June 2010. The couple had acquired a number of properties, including the St Matthias Wood house, in 2004 when it was valued at €3.2m.

The outstanding mortgage when the bank sought a possession order was about €2m.

After being removed from their home, Brendan and Asta Kelly, aged 71 and 63 respectively, temporarily camped out in a tent beside the house.

In a significant move yesterday, the High Court struck out part of a legal action taken by the couple designed to prevent the sale of the property by the IBRC.

Irish Independent