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O'Donnell's to stay in Gorse Hill home until mid-April

CourtsBy Kevin Palmer
Brian O'Donnell and his wife Patricia will spend Easter at the disputed property
Brian O'Donnell and his wife Patricia will spend Easter at the disputed property

A court has ruled that Brian O'Donnell and his family can stay in their former family home until April 15th, as no decision is imminent on his his latest legal challenge against their eviction from the property.

Court of appeal judge Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan said the court would not after all be in a position to give its decision before the end of this week as there were a number of "serious issues" to be considered that could not be rushed through before the Easter break.

An earlier court ruling had halted the eviction of the family from the Gorse Hill house in Killiney, as the Bank of Ireland secured the right to take the property as they look to recoup at €71.5m debt against the O'Donnells.

Mr O'Donnell had claimed the receiver was not validly appointed, yet lawyer representing the Bank of Ireland insist the claims are without foundation.

The case looks set to be given a final verdict after the Easter break, with the April 15 court hearing to conclude this long-running saga.