Bernard Rocca and wife face losing €1m Castleknock home, court told

Mortgage debt of 10 cent and another for €131,000 still outstanding on family home

Bernard Rocca, leaving the Four Courts after a previous court hearing.

Bernard Rocca, leaving the Four Courts after a previous court hearing.


Businessman Bernard Rocca and his wife, Theresa, face losing their €1 million Castleknock, Dublin home despite having the money in a legal account to clear off a mortgage debt of €131,000 and a second mortgage debt of 10 cent, a court heard on Monday.

Barrister Gary Hayes, counsel for Havbell DAC, which acquired loans from Permanent TSB, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court that Havbell was seeking possession of the couple’s home at 30 Woodberry, Dublin 15, on foot of the two outstanding mortgages despite one having been paid off bar 10 cent.

Mr Hayes, who appeared with Sherwin O’Riordan solicitors, said Mr Rocca had taken out a mortgage in his own name and there was more than €130,000 outstanding on it. A much smaller loan for the purpose of home renovations had been taken out in the names of both Bernard and Theresa Rocca but this had been paid off.

Judge Linnane said possession of the couple’s family home was being sought on the basis of the two mortgages. She said that only 10 cent was still owed on the smaller, home-improvement mortgage.

Tim Dixon, who appeared for the Roccas with PB Cunnigham solicitors, said the full amount of the outstanding debts had been paid by Mr Rocca to his solicitor and was currently in a client account waiting to be handed over to Havbell as soon as the fund provided an undertaking it would release the couple from the securities contained in the initial mortgages.

Mr Hayes said the bank would not release the mortgage securities as €2 million in commercial loans had been taken on the security of the Castleknock house.

Judge Linnane said there were no documents relating to commercial loans of €2 million in any of the papers she had read in relation to Havbell’s application for possession of the Rocca family home.

Mr Hayes told the court that Havbell’s wished to proceed with its application for possession on the basis that, while funds may be held in a legal client account, nothing had been paid over to clear the debts.

The judge, who said the reason nothing had been paid over was due to the absence of an undertaking to release the mortgage securities, put the proceedings back so that Havbell could respond to correspondence from the Roccas’ legal team, seeking confirmation that on payment of the €131,000 the mortgages would be released.