Sunday 22 September 2019

'New Land League' member to make official complaint to gardai about TV3 broadcaster Vincent Browne

John Martin says he was 'physically and mentally hurt' during incident at Gorse Hill yesterday

Paul Healy

A member of the 'New Land League' says he will be lodging a formal complaint with gardai about Vincent Browne.

The TV3 broadcaster turned up at Gorse Hill yesterday afternoon.

John Martin of The Land League chats outside the front door of the property on the Vico Road
John Martin of The Land League chats outside the front door of the property on the Vico Road
John Martin of the Land League speaks to the media outside Gorse Hill in Killiney, the home of solicitor turned billion euro property investor Brian O'Donnell

The Killiney mansion is the former home of solicitor Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia.

Read more here: TV3's Vincent Browne tells Jerry Beades to 'shut up' as he describes Gorse Hill as a 'bog standard house' 

After a verbal confrontation with John Martin and Jerry Beades, also a member of the New Land League, Mr Browne walked through the gates with a TV3 camera followed by a number of journalists.

He recorded footage which was used on his 'Tonight With Vincent Browne' programme broadcast last night. 

Broadcaster, Vincent Brown at Gorse Hill, the home of solicitor, Brian O'Donnell this afternoon in Killiney pictured this afternoon.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Broadcaster, Vincent Brown at Gorse Hill, the home of solicitor, Brian O'Donnell this afternoon in Killiney pictured this afternoon.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Vincent Browne and other reporters wander around the palatial pad which ibcludes an outdoor swimming pool
Vincent Browne outside the O'Donnell home on Vico Road
PIC OF VINCENT BROWNE ON RIGHT FROM TV3 BEING FOLLOWED BY CAMERA CREWS IN THE GROUNDS OF GORSE HILL IN KILLINEY HOME OF SOLICITOR BRIAN O DONNELL. PIC JIM WALPOLE STAR 04/03/2015
PIC OF VINCENT BROWNE ON LEFT FROM TV3 BEING FOLLOWED BY CAMERA CREWS IN THE GROUNDS OF GORSE HILL IN KILLINEY HOME OF SOLICITOR BRIAN O DONNELL. PIC JIM WALPOLE STAR 04/03/2015
Vincent Browne on the right being followed by camera crews in the grounds

Today, Mr Martin emerged from the gates of Gorse Hill today, announcing he was formally taking action against Mr Browne and claimed he was assaulted by him.

Read more here: Farce and drama as Vincent Browne leads charge on O'Donnell bolthole  

Mr Martin alleges that he was "physically and mentally" hurt by the veteran broadcaster during the confrontation yesterday.

"I have phoned Dun Laoghaire Garda station which has jurisdiction in this area. I will be making an official formal complaint against a one Mr Vincent Browne for the assault upon my person that took place here yesterday".

"I will also be consulting with my own legal team and I will be instructing them to take legal proceedings against one Mr Vincent Browne , his employer TV3 and its owners on the law of tort," Mr Martin said.

Read more here: O'Donnells 'drained and battered' but fight goes on 

"I was both physically and mentally injured and there will be other medical evidence and facts."

When contacted by independent.ie about the allegations put forward by Mr Martin, Mr Browne said: "I have no response to that."

Members of the New Land League have been present inside the property since a court order was served against solicitor Brian O'Donnell, the former owner of Gorse Hill.

Read more here: Vincent visits Gorse Hill on a day of drama and farce for the O'Donnells 

Mr O Donnell left his family home this morning to attend a trial in Dublin's High Court.

Earlier today, Vincent Browne defended his actions on RTE Radio's John Murray show.

He told the programme that the O'Donnells spent excessively at the height of the Celtic Tiger and Bank of Ireland were in the right in seeking their home.

Mr Browne has also questioned what entitlements the New Land League have in being present at Gorse Hill, considering the property is now owned by the bank.

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