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I won't be bullied out of home by bank – Jackie

Businesswoman Jackie Lavin has vowed to fight against the repossession of her Co Kerry home.

The long-term partner of Dublin business tycoon Bill Cullen said she "won't be bullied by any bank." and will battle against the eviction notice.

Ms Lavin spoke to the Herald last night after it was confirmed that she has been given 112 days to quit the property at a tribunal hearing of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) on January 17.

The eviction was sought by Kavanagh Fennell, the receivers of Glencullen Properties, on the basis that she had stopped paying rent in September 2012.

"I won't be bullied out of my home by any bank," Ms Lavin said, adding that she could not comment further on the issue for legal reasons.

However, Ms Lavin has said she cannot be evicted because she is the beneficial owner of the property, which she bought in a private sale from Glencullen for €760,000 in 2011.

This is disputed by the receivers of Glencullen and will form part of a forthcoming High Court case.

Ms Lavin said the board of Glencullen and Ulster Bank were aware of the payment.

The couple, who have been together for nearly 35 years, also own a home in Kildare, but Ms Lavin spends a lot of her time in the luxury Co Kerry property, known as Killegy House, near the five-star Muckross Park hotel.

Glencullen Properties and the hotel are in receivership.

At the PRTB hearing the businesswoman said Mr Cullen, the former owner of Glencullen Properties, had allowed her to "live and reside in the dwelling as she wished".

She had an agreement with Mr Cullen, who is now operating a car showroom on Dublin's Naas Road, that she did not have to pay rent as she was an employee of Muckross Park hotel and Mr Cullen's partner.


He had been paying a benefit in kind to his company for use of the property, which changed in February 2009, when she entered into an agreement with Glencullen Properties to pay rent for the property, negotiated down to €15,000 per month in 2012.

Ms Lavin claims that she transferred €760,000 to Glencullen to buy the house in 2011, but continued to pay rent to Mr Cullen's company.

Her landlord said her claim to own the property should be disregarded due to her failure to produce any proof of her "beneficial interest".