What Now For The Folks On The Hill?



More as we get it.

Earlier: Dogged

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It’s a blummin’ circus and no mistake.

Gorse Hill, Killiney, Co Dublin this evening featuring, on the doorstep above: bemused Husky/Alaskan Malmute, Dr Mary Patricia O’Donnell and New Land League member John Martin.

More as we get it.

Earlier: Dogged

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Receivers theatrically nailing the repossession [by Bank of Ireland] court order to the front gate of Gorse Hill tonight.

Could have lobbed it over, in fairness.

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

77 thoughts on “What Now For The Folks On The Hill?

      1. Sheikh Yabooti

        Poor fella’s wearing one of those perimeter shock collars; it’s dumb tech, so put it on the lazy prick owner when he’s outside the boundary and he’ll soon be conditioned to stay out…

        1. neil

          Our neighbour’s dog learned to go near the wire where it would start beeping to warn the dog it would be shocked if it went further, wait for the beeping to run the battery down, then go off out for the day’s adventures.

    1. ahjayzis

      Were there a lot of rich landowners being turfed out of their seaside palaces in the 1840’s? Was that revolution overlooked by history because of the famine or what? Kindly inform us.

      1. Ms Piggy

        It’s a little known fact that it was the loss of the tennis courts and swimming pool which drove many emigrants out of the country in the 1840s.

        1. scottser

          also, there was a state-run food scheme, known as ‘peel’s tuscany three-bean salad’.

    2. Mister Mister

      Well it is sorta like the 1840s as it was the police back then too, the Garda didn’t come into existence until 65 years later.

      At leas the clown got that bit right.

  1. Soundings

    Sherriff and gardai will enter property, there’ll be a 15-minute chat, Land League will throw shapes, there’ll be genuine tears, the O’Donnells will drive out in the back of a VW Bora, they won’t speak to press. Jerry Beades will do that for them. The O’Donnells will try to get back on their feet and make plans for the future after their bankruptcy discharge in 2017. They’re not disgraced, they’re not figures of hate despite what INM may try to say, they’re decent people, 1,000s are in the same boat, 100,000s of thousands are in a smaller version of their boat, they’ll recover but today and the next few days will be difficult, good luck to them. But the house is gone, and will become someone else’s dream.

    1. ReproBertie

      I’m greatly amused by the way you’ve toned down your usual bile in this case. Do you know the family well?

        1. meehhhh

          Soundings , I suggest you trot your unctuous , parochial self off to Killiney and swot up on the definition of “decent”.

  2. Eamonn Clancy

    Oh, so they were lying when they said recently in an application for bankruptcy that London was their primary place of dwelling?

    1. Sancho

      Exactly! A “family home” owned by a discretionary trust- funny that one. the “Land League” looks ridiculous protecting this “family home”.

    1. Someone

      Or the bees,

      Or the hounds with bees in their mouths so when they bark they shoot bees at you?

      Go ahead, do your worse!!!!!

  3. The Horror

    I hope they’re served with an invoice for water charges for the few days they spent in the house

    1. ahyeah

      First probing comment yet in this entire sorry debacle. Not many know that Brian and Mary Pat originally had their eyes on a fixer-upper in Drumcondra. Not a modest abode by any means – 4 bedrooms, semi-detached, room to extend. They had their 10% together and we’re truly hoping that the bank would be so.good.as to extend them a loan for the other €480,000. Imagine their surprise when the bank pushed a cheque for €75 million in their direction, and refused to let them out the door until they agreed. Interest-free for 7 years, no less. What else could they have done? So, I ask you, who are the real victims?

    1. Dubloony

      How may social housing units could it be turned into? Imagine all the kids that could have a pool, a tennis court and a beach to go to.

    2. Dubloony

      How may social housing units could it be turned into? Imagine all the kids that could have a pool, a tennis court and a beach to go to.

      1. Caroline

        Ermagod, no way, turning it into Lynx soup with skanger croutons. What the blaises. Think of the Daft price index.

    3. Neilo

      Nah. The locals would only get it designated as a Special Protection Area – like they tried to do with Dalkey Quarry in the 90s to keep the travellin’ folk out.

  4. jonotti

    Any chance the sons and daughters that are working will pay back the 10K a month free rent they’ve had for past 5 years.

  5. martco

    I imagine an oul accidental fire burning the place to the ground would piss the bank off

  6. Soundings

    Nailing an order to the door? Who do they think they are, Martin Luther in Wittenberg?

    Tempted to go round the local branch of Bank of Ireland and nail a withering letter to their door, and it’s glass.

    1. Neilo

      You might cut yourself, better to wrap it around a power ball and fire it into the BOI boardroom at the next Court meeting. Less injurious. Plus, who doesn’t love a power ball?

    1. ahyeah

      And the only thing behaving with any dignity. Murky little affair that reflects badly on the O’Donnells, Bank of Ireland and the entire court system.

      1. All the good ones fly south for winter

        He’s licked his own balls in public, same as the rest.

        1. ahyeah

          Don’t be so judgemental – like you haven’t at least tried to lick your own balls, albeit in the dignified privacy of your own home.

  7. inapropro

    great news. when the vulnerable always suffer the elite must lose what they cant afford to keep

  8. Truth in the News

    The reality is that the taxpayer has underwritten the Bank of Ireland
    and baled them out by way of USC, LPT and now Water Tax, and
    no Banker is in jail, yet RTW protestors are, the media circus outside
    the gate is only a diversion, why don’t they cover the water meter
    protestors with the same intensity as they oppose the fitting of
    water meters, or the recent junkets now being organised by the Banks
    Golf balls are back in fashion….indeed we should have live broadcast of
    the next BOI AGM after all ,we are shareholders in more ways than one.
    Who exactly advanced all this money in the first place in the BOI are they
    still there…..?

    1. Kieran NYC

      The faster they get these moochers out of the house, the faster they can sell it and earn some money to pay the taxpayer back.

      Btw – how much of a superstar solicitor must he have been if he has to get the Land Loonies in to fight his battles?!

      1. ahyeah

        Yeah, thought that too. Roll back a few years and ex-William Fry Partner Brian O’Donnell would have been giggling his tits off at their freeman of the land-esque s**e. It’s either beautiful irony that this is what he’s now reduced to or cruel cynicism on his part.

  9. Soundings

    Judge told one of the O’Donnell boys yesterday “we can either do this the easy way or the hard way”. And looks like it will be the hard way, but would be shocked if O’Donnells haven’t been evicted by start of next week.

    1. ReproBertie

      That’s pretty selective quoting there. The judge was talking about contacting your mates the O’Donnell’s, not about the eviction. From Kathy Sheridan in the Irish Times:
      “At this point, Ferriter, keen to claim the property for his client, rose and suggested that Blake go out and contact his parents “immediately”.

      “That is entirely inappropriate . . . a bit ridiculous,” replied Blake in non-courtly language, one hand in pocket. At least he was standing up.

      If Ferriter wanted to communicate with his parents, then he should go out and do it himself. The judge had had enough. “We can do this the easy way. What is the difficulty of contacting your parents? Somebody has to do it and I would suggest that this is the most practical way”.

      And so ended the mini-mutiny in Court 1 as the son did what he was told and went out to phone his father, to inform him that he was a trespasser in what was once the family home. “

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