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The O’Donnells have left the building

Brian and Mary Pat O'Donnell depart Gorse Hill mansion (Pic: Irish Independent)
Brian and Mary Pat O'Donnell depart Gorse Hill mansion (Pic: Irish Independent)
Brian O'Donnell hands the keys of Gorse Hill to Richie Boucher
Brian O'Donnell hands the keys of Gorse Hill to Richie Boucher

The Battle of Gorse Hill seems all but won as Brian and Mary Pat O'Donnell left their Gorse Hill mansion at 9:30am this morning.

The lawyer-turned-property speculator had until midday today to leave his former seaside mansion after losing a last-ditch attempt to challenge his eviction before the country’s highest court.

Bankrupt Brian O'Donnell and his psychiatrist wife Mary Patricia had asked the Supreme Court to allow them to fight a Court of Appeal decision two weeks ago upholding trespass orders on the house known as Gorse Hill, at Killiney, overlooking Dublin Bay.

But in a 10-page determination, the three-judge Supreme Court refused the pair leave to make the challenge.

The O'Donnells' children were forced to leave earlier this year and the Court of Appeal said the couple flew back from their permanent home at East Haxted, Edenbridge in Kent, England, to occupy the house in February.

The court rejected five challenges to High Court repossession and trespass orders handed down on March 12 and ordered the pair to leave the house, where neighbours include Bono and Enya, by noon on April 29.

A former commercial lawyer, Mr O'Donnell became a major player in the international property market, with an empire in the City of London, Dublin, Stockholm and Washington believed to be worth €1.1 billion at one stage.

In previous hearings, he said he had paid over €700 million euro back to banks worldwide.

UPDATE: 

At this morning's Bank of Ireland AGM O'Donnell turned up to personally hand the keys of Gorse Hill to chief executive Richie Boucher.