There hasn’t been much media coverage of the 1000 or so ordinary Irish families who lost their houses to repossession last year. But spare a thought for the O’Donnell family who have been fighting an eviction order from their €30m Killiney mansion for the past 3 years.
Despite owing the bank over €70m, the family have successfully managed to remain in the house three years past the original repossession order through a string of costly High court and Supreme court challenges brought by both the parents and the children.
In a final desperate throw of the dice, they have called on the Land League to assist them in their struggle against the receivers.
Michael Davitt would turn in his grave to see his organisation reduced to protecting the interests of the very people whose greed and recklessness prompted the collapse that has destroyed the lives of so many ordinary people of this country.
Brian O’Donnell is currently barricaded inside his pool house and his fleet of luxury cars is blocking entrance through the automatic security gates to thwart the bailiffs.
Oh the hardship…