Monday 11 December 2017

Family reaches end of the road in Battle for Gorse Hill

Blaise O'Donnell, daughter of solicitor Brian O'Donnell, leaving her home with two dogs packed into her car
Blaise O'Donnell, daughter of solicitor Brian O'Donnell, leaving her home with two dogs packed into her car
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

IT is finally the end of the road for the O'Donnells and Gorse Hill. After almost three years of tortuous legal wranglings, stays and appeals, the three-judge Supreme Court has finally closed the door on attempts by former solicitor Brian O'Donnell and his wife Dr Mary Patricia to retain their Killiney mansion.

The couple, who were declared bankrupt in 2013, now have until noon today to vacate the property, which was once valued at up to €30m.

But if we have learned anything from the Battle for Gorse Hill, it is that Brian O'Donnell will use every weapon in his legal arsenal to hold on to his mansion by the sea. For months now, he has been trooping into the Four Courts flanked by his solicitor son Blake ready for the next skirmish.

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