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O'Donnell ordered by the High Court to leave his house by 5pm tomorrow

Trespassing: Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary
Trespassing: Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary

Solicitor Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia have been ordered to leave their hilltop mansion in Killiney before 5pm tomorrow evening.

He was told by Dublin's High Court he and his wife were trespassing on the luxury residence known as Gorse Hill, at Killiney, south Dublin, after losing a long-running battle against eviction.

Mr O'Donnell and his wife, psychiatrist Mary Patricia, consented in an agreement with Bank of Ireland four years ago to vacate the property if the lender sought it as security on the pair's €70 million debts.

Judge Brian McGovern said the couple live in East Haxted, Edenbridge, Kent, and had occupied their former home in Dublin in an attempt to frustrate the receiver's right to take possession of the property.

Mr O'Donnell told the court he "will be appealing."

Mr McGovern also rejected application by Mr O'Donnell to cross examine the bank appointed receiver, Tom Kavanagh.

Mr O'Donnell appeared at the High Court shortly after 11am, after leaving the Gorse Hill property at the centre of this legal battle earlier this morning.

Addressing Mr O'Donnell, Mr McGovern said he does "not own the property".