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Loyal Brid stands by her man ... just like Hillary did

SIXTEEN years ago, when she was quizzed about her husband Bill's infidelity, Hillary Clinton uttered an infamous phrase in a CBS interview watched by more than 100 million viewers.

"I'm not sitting here as some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette," said the White House hopeful. "I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him and I honour what he's been through and what we've been through together."

Silence

Yesterday, when she finally broke her silence on her "missing" husband, Brid Murphy, the wife of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn, was standing by her man.

"I trusted my husband," a tearful Ms Murphy told the Commercial Court when queried about how little she knew of his dealings.

Missing with fraudulent mortgage debts of more than €80m, a panoply of banks and An Garda Siochana are chasing the man dubbed the Scarlet Pimpernel.

A warrant is outstanding for his arrest and gardai are liaising with international police forces to track his whereabouts. But yesterday Ms Murphy revealed that she knew exactly where Lynn was and told the High Court that he collected her from the airport in Sofia (she left there last Monday) before he headed back to Portugal.

Adamant that she was still married to Michael Lynn, Court 14 was stunned when Ms Murphy revealed that she had spent last weekend in the Bulgarian capital with her husband.

Unlike Bill Clinton, Michael Lynn did not dally with other women, but he was unfaithful to his wife when he allegedly duped her into signing a €3.78m mortgage loan with ACC Bank on the pretext that she was signing up for life insurance.

Ms Murphy says she trusted her husband implicitly. When she married him two years ago, she knew that he was a successful solicitor and property developer, but claims she knew little of his financial affairs.

She was a qualified nurse who quit work shortly after her marriage to dedicate herself to her stellar husband, who was trotting around the globe scouting new and ever more ambitious land deals.

"I wouldn't have seen him otherwise," Ms Murphy explained yesterday.

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It was during a business trip to Slovakia that Michael Lynn spotted "Glenlion House", an eloquent €5.5m home in Howth, Co Dublin. They both thought it was "pretty nice" and Lynn instructed his friend, John Mulkearns, to negotiate the purchase of the house.

Glenlion would be their family home and yesterday Ms Murphy explained that her husband had responsibility for all legal and financial matters, while she would set about making it fit for a family to live in.

Such was the division of their roles that Ms Murphy never queried him on any aspect of the sale or read any documents presented to her to be signed.

"He just x'd for me to sign where my signature had to go," she said.

Ms Murphy had just endured a breast cancer scare and was worried about her father -- who had also undergone two major operations -- when her husband asked her to attend his Dublin offices in April last year. According to Ms Murphy, Lynn had asked her to attend his Blanchardstown office to meet with an official from Irish Life to organise life insurance, a mandatory prerequisite for the purchase of "Glenlion".

Application

Gerry Kelly, the Irish Life official, was in fact a wealth manager with ACC Bank who was facilitating a mortgage application for "Glenlion" in both their names. Ms Murphy said in evidence yesterday that she only found out he was not from Irish Life after the scandal broke.

Ms Murphy claims that she only ever knew that she and her husband were securing a mortgage through Bank of Scotland Ireland (BoSI) and didn't know that Lynn was also in the process of drawing down multiple loans on the same property from Irish Nationwide and ACC Bank.

"Bits and pieces of me are everywhere" she told lawyers for ACC. But her heart is still with Michael Lynn.


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