Sunday 22 September 2019

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

Conor Feehan, Sam Griffin and Brian O'Reilly

THE head of the New Land League Jerry Beades has said the O'Donnell family home at the centre of a legal dispute is a 'bog standard, simplistic' house.

He made the comments on the Killiney palatial mansion on the Vincent Browne show on TV3 last night.

The comments were made as part of an extraordinary exchange between the broadcaster and Mr Beades.

"Will you just shut up?" Vincent told Jerry Beades repeatedly as the latter tried to interrupt him and talk over him as the broadcaster tried to make numerous points.

During last night's 'Tonight With Vincent Browne' programme, the broadcaster told viewers of the lavish surroundings of the O'Donnell's former home 'Gorse Hill'.

This morning, solicitor Brian O'Donnell left his former home to go to the High Court. He was pictured arriving at the Four Courts just before 10.30am. The hearing was due to start at 11am.

Thursday 05 March 2015. Gorse Hill. Brian O'Donnell leaves his house this morning in KIlliney on the way to court.
Thursday 05 March 2015. Gorse Hill. Brian O'Donnell leaves his house this morning in KIlliney on the way to court.
Thursday 05 March 2015. Gorse Hill. Brian O'Donnell leaves his house this morning in KIlliney on the way to court.
Thursday 05 March 2015. Gorse Hill. Brian O'Donnell leaves his house this morning in KIlliney on the way to court.

On the fourth morning of a stand-off with receivers for Bank of Ireland, O'Donnell drove from the Gorse Hill property on Vico Road just after 8am.

A woman who had opened the electronic gates for him told the media that he was on his way to court.

Brian O'Donnell arrives at the Court with his Son Blake.
Brian O'Donnell arrives at the Court with his Son Blake.

O'Donnell drove himself in a navy blue 141 C Ford Focus, and was alone in the car.

He turned right onto Vico Road and drove away from the scene without making any comment.

Earlier a UK registered Jaguar had pulled up at the house and the driver made contact with another person by phone.

The driver of the Jaguar then followed Brian O'Donnell away from the scene.

Up until this morning, Mr O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia remain barricaded in their former home today, some two days after a High Court judge ordered them to vacate it.

Earlier yesterday, Vincent Browne turned up at the property and walked around the grounds. Last night, he showed footage grounds, including a number of statues which included "bizarrely", he said, a statue to a First World War soldier.

As the heated debate continued between Browne and Beades, the leader of the New Land League emphasised their belief that the house was not owned by Mr O'Donnell, but by a company that is owned by his four children. He again criticised the bank saying it "was scandalous" what was happening down in the courts regarding the case.

Gorse Hill, the home of solicitor, Brian O'Donnell this afternoon in Killiney pictured this afternoon. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gorse Hill, the home of solicitor, Brian O'Donnell this afternoon in Killiney pictured this afternoon. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

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When asked by Browne why he was involved in the case, Beades said it was due to the "illegality of the banks" and brought the issue of home repossession to the fore.

Browne then demanded to know of Beades what entitlement he had to try and prevent him (Browne) from entering the property earlier yesterday.

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Beades said he didn't do that and "stood back"

Browne replied that at a press conference which took place after the incident, Beades said Browne had "trespassed" to which Beades agreed but said Browne hadn't been invited to enter the property and surroundings by the children who own the house.

Jerry Beades said that he could bring people to "more palatial houses around the country" than the property in Gorse Hill.

"Vincent, the house is very much a bog standard house," Jerry said.

"I'm talking in terms of lavishness and luxury, the house is a very very simplistic house," he told an incredulous Browne.

Browne then rolled footage once again of the house and it's surroundings - with swimming pool, tennis court and unspoilt views of the bay.

"It's bog standard for that area,"Jerry said.

"You're ridiculous" a laughing Browne replied.

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Browne then referred to the historical significance of the phrase the 'Land League' saying it was set up in the 1870s to help impoverished tenants who were being ripped off by their landlords.

Beades tried to interject again, with Vincent asking him to "please stop talking" before telling him to "shut up".

He then asked Beades to leave several times if he would not stop talking. Beades remained in situ.

"Will you just leave if you are not going to stop talking," Browne said.

Beades continued to interrupt

Browne then said: "Most people think you are just there to get publicity for yourself."

The two men debated for a few more seconds before Browne finished saying "we're going to take a break and we're going to get rid of him so join us then".

After the break, a smiling Vincent Browne said: "Unfortunately Jerry Beades has left us. We're hoping to get him back later on."

Earlier, the group revealed that a constitutional challenge has been lodged aimed at preventing the repossession of homes around the country.

Additionally, the group says it has obtained legal opinions from lawyers from around Europe and now intends to take a case to European courts against the Irish judiciary.

The group said the O'Donnell family will join the group in this case.

Asked about the O'Donnell family, Mr Beades said the O'Donnell were feeling "battered" by the developments over the last couple of days.

Mr Beades said the Land League's reason for "digging in" at Gorse Hill was because it has put at "centre stage" the issues of home repossessions which "is happening all over the country".

Twitter reacted strongly to the interview.

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