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Gorse Hill couple lose appeal and have to leave luxury pad

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Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia have lost their appeal
Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia have lost their appeal

A bankrupt lawyer-turned-property speculator fighting eviction has lost his appeal against the repossession of his former mansion.

Dublin's Court of Appeal upheld a number of orders against Brian O'Donnell and his psychiatrist wife Mary Patricia who have been staying since February at the luxury house known as Gorse Hill, at Killiney, overlooking Dublin Bay.

The three-judge court dismissed their appeal against earlier High Court orders that they were trespassing on the property which is owned through a complex legal deal by an Isle of Man company.

Their children had been forced to leave the property earlier this year as part of a lengthy legal battle with Bank of Ireland, which is owed around 70 million euro in disputed loans secured against the house.

Mr and Mrs O'Donnell were granted a further stay on the trespass order, and have been given until noon on April 29 to leave the house.