Ulster Bank wants High Court permission to serve Irish bankruptcy proceedings on developer Sean Dunne, who is now living in the US, in this jurisdiction.

Mr Dunne has already filed for bankruptcy in the US but Ulster Bank is bringing similar proceedings against him in Ireland in relation to a €164m debt.

It allegedly arose out of guarantees he executed over loans for the redevelopment of the Jurys Hotel site in Dublin.

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne today adjourned the Irish bankruptcy application after she was told the bank wanted an order allowing it to carry out substituted service of its proceedings.

This means it would be entitled to notify Mr Dunne of the case at an address in this jurisdiction rather than in the US.

It previously obtained permission of the High Court to serve him in the US, during the course of separate court proceedings against him in Connecticut, but it is believed there have been difficulties in doing so.

Lyndon McCann SC, for the bank, told the judge the court may have seen from newspaper reports that Mr Dunne has filed for bankruptcy in the US.

The judge commented there might be an issue as Mr Dunne is domicile, but Mr McCann said he is only living in the US on a temporary visa.

The court will have to deal with how the two bankruptcy regimes would operate but this was an issue that could be dealt with at a later date, counsel said.

The judge agreed to adjourn the application for substituted service for a week and said she would give a new return date for the bankruptcy application to 30 May.