Solicitor Brian O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia have been granted an extension to remain at the disputed Gorse Hill property in Killiney, Co Dublin until next Thursday.

Mr O'Donnell has been told he will be able to appeal a ruling made yesterday to grant a trespass injunction to Bank of Ireland in relation to the property.

Gorse Hill is at the centre of a dispute over €71m in debts owed to the bank. 

Mr O'Donnell told the Court of Appeal that yesterday’s ruling by Mr Justice Brian McGovern was grossly unfair and unjust.

He claimed said the proceedings had been "railroaded" through the courts and the shortness of the stay granted yesterday was intended to prevent him from appealing.

He told the court he had 22 grounds of appeal.

A stay has been granted until next Thursday at 2pm.

Yesterday Mr Justice Brian McGovern told the O'Donnells they were trespassers and they must leave the property. 

The judge had given the couple until 5pm this evening to vacate the house or face jail. 

Counsel for the Bank of Ireland, Cian Ferriter said today they were strongly opposed to any stay being granted.

He said there was no bona fide ground of appeal open to the O'Donnells and the balance of justice was against granting any extension of time.

Mr Ferriter said the O'Donnells did not own the property, adding that they only returned to frustrate the proceedings. 

He said the couple had orchestrated a blockade of the property and were acting in flagrant disregard for the rule of law.

After considering the application, the President of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Seán Ryan, granted a continuation of the stay.

Mr O'Donnell was told his notice of appeal had to be lodged by close of business this evening and he must present his case on Thursday.