Irish Nationwide Bid to Repossess Home of Conor Cruise O'Brien

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Irish Nationwide Bid to Repossess Home of Conor Cruise O'Brien


Byline: Ray Managh

THE former family home of the late Government minister and writer Conor Cruise O'Brien could be repossessed after Irish Nationwide launched legal proceedings yesterday.

Whitewater, a four-bedroom home with stunning coastal views on Howth Summit in Dublin, is owned by Mr Cruise O'Brien's adopted children Patrick, 41, and 38-year-ol Margaret.

Barrister Anne Lawlor, representing the building society, told Dublin county registrar Susan Ryan that Patrick had some serious financial difficulties outside the State but she did not know what the circumstances of those were.

There was now serious negative equity with regard to the five-acre property, on which there is an outstanding mortgage balance of e1,431,409. An affidavit handed into court showed arrears of e144,432, while a valuation of e800,000 was given to the court.

Since the building society sought possession of the house, the Cruise O'Briens had not engaged with Irish Nationwide. They had also failed to make any repayments on the mortgage for the past 16 months, according to the lender. Mortgage repayments were said to be e8,119.86 per month.

The building society had been trying since last September to engage with the defendants as there was 'a person still living in the house', formerly known as Bayview, but now known as Whitewater, Howth Summit.

In 2007, the house was placed on the market with an asking price of e4million. However by late last year, that had been reduced to e2.9million. The former family home is believed to have been signed over to the children before Conor Cruise O'Brien's death last December The county registrar said that she was concerned over the defendants' failure to turn up in court. Since it was the first time the application had come before her, she would allow them one adjournment.

She asked Anne Lawlor to have the building society write to the two defendants, telling them the court had ruled that if they did not appear in October she would have to make an order for possession of the house. …

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