Sean Dunne challenges seizure of documents

Tuesday 03 December 2013 17.02
Sean Dunne is also challenging his bankruptcy (Pic: Graham Hughes, Photocall Ireland)
Sean Dunne is also challenging his bankruptcy (Pic: Graham Hughes, Photocall Ireland)

Bankrupt developer Sean Dunne has begun a legal challenge over the seizure of documents and other material, believed to include a number of painting, by the court official administering his bankruptcy.

The items were seized from a luxury property in Co Kildare following an order made at a private High Court hearing last week.   

That order allowed the Official Assignee, Chris Lehane, to enter a property in Straffan and seize goods there.

The order was made under Section 28 of the Bankruptcy Act, which allows a warrant to be issued where the Official Assignee believes property of a bankrupt may be located in a house or premises not owned by the bankrupt themselves.

Mr Justice John Cooke was told today that among the property Mr Dunne wants to recover are documents related to matrimonial proceedings.

Barrister Ellen Gleeson told the court she was representing a number of parties who had an interest in the property, including an Isle of Man-registered company, Traviata Limited, Mrs Gayle Dunne and a girlfriend of Mr Dunne's son.

Senior Counsel Bill Shipsey for Mr Dunne said his client, who is now living in Connecticut in the US, wanted permission to give short notice to the Official Assignee of these proceedings.

The judge granted permission to give this short notice and the matter will be before the court again next Monday.

Separately, Mr Justice Brian McGovern is due to rule on Friday on Mr Dunne's attempt to overturn his Irish bankruptcy. 

Ulster Bank and the National Assets Management Agency have opposed the application.