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Bank battles for €11m loans

AN application by Bank of Ireland for a €11.5m summary judgment order against a property developer arising from unpaid loans has been adjourned to a full hearing.

The summary judgment application against George Wilkin, Roselawn Green, Boghall Road, Bray, was listed for hearing at the Commercial Court yesterday but Michael McDowell, for the bank, told the court the sides had agreed, following an exchange of affidavits, that the matter go to a full plenary hearing.

The bank is seeking judgment for €11.59m over loans advanced between 2005 and 2007 to allow Mr Wilkin to invest in residential development sites in Bray.

Cottage seized over c69k debt

THE EBS has repossessed a Dublin cottage now worth less that the €180,000 debt owed on it.

Solicitor Stephen Maher described the property as derelict.

Mr Maher said the cottage on Arklow Street, Grangegorman, Dublin 7, was owned by Francis Ryan, who the society had great difficulty finding but who was now of Maynooth Park, Co Kildare. He had defaulted on payments over the past seven years and there was now arrears of €68,899.

Woman flying ace dies at 98

Elinor Smith, considered one of the youngest and most daring pilots in the 1920s when she set flying records, has died aged 98.

Ms Smith, who died in California, became a celebrity at 17 when she flew under all four of New York's East River suspension bridges. She also set the women's solo flying endurance record in 1929 with a 13-and-a-half hour flight.

Hopper 'losing cancer battle'

Dennis Hopper is terminally ill and unable to undergo chemotherapy as he battles prostate cancer, his lawyer has said.

Attorney Joseph Mannis wrote about the Easy Rider star's grave condition in a declaration filed asserting the actor cannot be questioned by his wife's attorneys in a deposition.

Hopper (73) and his wife, Victoria, have been locked in a bitter feud since the actor filed to end the couple's marriage in January.