Bill Cullen opposes bank’s demand he sell home

Dankse Bank wants house sold to satisfy €8.2m judgment

Businessman Bill Cullen is opposing a bank's demand he sell the home he shares with his partner Jackie Lavin to satisfy an €8.2 million judgment obtained against him two years ago.

The High Court will later this week set a date for hearing Danske Bank's application for an order for the sale of Osberstown House, Naas, Co Kildare.

Ms Justice Caroline Costello said she will hear a separate application next week from Mr Cullen’s lawyers to be permitted cease representing him.

Mr Cullen told the court he would be seeking an adjournment of Danske’s application for a few months so he can obtain new representation.

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Rossa Fanning BL, for Danske, said the matter could be put in for later this week when his side would seek a date for hearing as the case would take at least a day.

Mr Cullen's wife, Rita Cullen, and his partner of 35 years, Ms Lavin, are both opposing the application to force the sale of Osbertown House. Both are notice parties to Danske's application by order of the court.

In its claim, Danske says a judgment registered in November 2012 against Mr Cullen for €8.21 million, arising out of debts for unpaid loans, remains unpaid.

Mr Cullen is opposing the order for sale on grounds including the bank has made inadequate efforts to ameliorate his debt through the proper marketing of two properties over which a receiver has already been appointed.

Danske denies his claims and say he is trying to re-open the 2012 proceedings for a judgment which Mr Cullen had consented to.