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Sunday 17 November 2019

Gayle lawyer objects to NAMA probe

Shane Phelan Investigations Editor

AN American lawyer representing socialite Gayle Killilea has objected to NAMA's request for information about the transfer into her name of a €2.7m parcel of land by her husband.

In an interview yesterday, Ms Killilea claimed "to the best of my knowledge NAMA are not probing this transfer".

She also claimed that she had never received any legal correspondence about the deal.

However, the Irish Independent has seen records which show NAMA filed legal papers requesting information about the land deal from Ms Killilea and companies associated with her. The papers were sent to Ms Killilea's attorney, Philip Russell, on August 30, court records show.

Mr Russell is based in Greenwich, Connecticut, the millionaire's enclave where Ms Killilea and her husband, developer Sean Dunne, set up home two years ago.

In the papers, NAMA asked Ms Killilea for "all documents and communications" concerning the deal, which involved the transfer of land at the Irish Glass Bottle Social Club in Goatstown, Dublin, into her name in December 2008.

Mr Russell responded to NAMA on Ms Killilea's behalf on October 1, objecting to the request.

The response claimed NAMA's request was "premature" and "overly broad (and) unduly burdensome".

In the interview yesterday, Ms Killilea said she did not communicate with NAMA as she was not a NAMA debtor.

Irish Independent

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