Thursday 14 December 2017

A developer, a cleaner, and lots of dirty laundry

Mutual bitterness was always set to overcome an appeal for common sense to prevail, writes Maeve Sheehan

LAST week, a young man studiously took notes from the back of the public benches as the legal action taken by the property tycoon Sean Dunne against his former cleaner Gina Farrell wound to a close. There was some curiosity when, on Thursday, Ms Farrell's legal team summoned him as their final witness.

Asked to introduce himself, he said he was a solicitor who qualified in 2006. He was acting solely for Mr Dunne in these proceedings, he said. Questioned further, he said he had delivered a cheque for €150,000 to the court, which was required as a security deposit for the legal action. Asked what name was on the cheque, he said Gayle Dunne, the property developer's wife.

His evidence demonstrates the interest Mr Dunne has taken in legal proceedings which the High Court judge has described as "ludicrous".

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