Lillis daughter in legal action


The High Court has made an order allowing the daughter of convicted killer Eamonn Lillis take part in a legal action brought by the family of his late wife, Celine Cawley, over assets they jointly owned.

At the High Court today Ms Justice Mary Laffoy made an order joining Georgia Lillis, who turned 18 last November, as a plaintiff to the action against Lillis. She ruled that it was “appropriate” that Ms Lillis be joined as the she was the person most affected by the outcome of the proceedings.

Lillis (53) is serving a sentence of six years and 11 months at Wheatfields Prison for the manslaughter of his wife whom he killed with a brick at their home in Howth, Co Dublin, December 2008.

Ms Cawley’s sister, Susanna, and brother Christopher, who are joint administrators of the estate, are seeking court orders to prevent Lillis securing any interest in certain properties that were jointly owned by the couple and that the properties should transfer to Georgia.

The properties are believed to include the family home in Howth, an apartment in Sutton, Dublin, and a holiday home in France.

Lillis is legally prevented from inheriting any of his wife’s assets because he was convicted of killing her but he says he is entitled to half of the properties jointly owned by the couple.

Lawyers representing Lillis opposed the application to join Georgia as a plaintiff, saying it was not necessary and would not help the court determine the legal issues that arose.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy adjourned the matter to late July, but said the action would not be heard until the next legal term starts in October.