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Judge rules that Ronan Ryan and Pamela Flood's €900k Dublin home may be repossessed

The judge said Pamela Flood’s husband Ronan Ryan attempted to “frustrate and obstruct” the implementation of a court order.

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A JUDGE HAS ruled that a creditor may repossess the €900,000 of restaurateur Ronan Ryan and his wife, former Miss Ireland Pamela Flood.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane granted Tanager leave to execute the consent order for possession made on 8 March last against Ryan.

The insolvency proceedings did not involve Flood, who remains under an obligation to immediately vacate her family home at 136 Mount Prospect Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3 with Ryan and their four children.

Today’s judgment means that Tanager, through the sheriff, can take immediate possession of the property if it wishes.

The judge said that there was a deliberate move by Ronan Ryan to frustrate and obstruct the implementation of a court order handing their home back to a vulture fund.

Judge Linnane added that there was also a conscious decision by him not to disclose in separate insolvency proceedings the existence of a consent court order granting Tanager Bank possession of the couple’s home.

Judge Linnane refused the couple a seven-day stay to facilitate consideration of an appeal of her decision to the High Court. She said that when they both, with legal advice, signed an undertaking to hand over their home and leave it on or before 9 July, they had been granted a four-months stay to allow them find alternative accommodation.

‘Frustrating’ the court

In the insolvency proceedings, which Judge Linnane said took a number of people by surprise, Ryan had been granted a 70-day Protective Certificate fencing him off from all creditors, including Tanager.

“The granting of the Protective Certificate resulted in the implementation of the consent order made by this court being frustrated and undermined,” Judge Linnane said in a reserved judgment in the Circuit Civil Court today.

Judge Linnane said the purpose of the insolvency legislation was not to assist persons behaving in this manner.

“That would not be in the public interest. Judges depend on a daily basis on full disclosure being made to them and often set aside ex-parte orders if it later transpires there was non-disclosure of any material information,” she said.

The judge said the consent order, signed by Flood and Ryan, was still in full force and binding on Flood. Ryan’s application for continuing protection under his insolvency proceedings had not affected her obligation to get out of the family home by 9 July last as had been undertaken by both of them.

Judge Linnane said she did not accept Ryan’s excuse that he had not considered the existence of the consent re-possession order as material to his application for protection under the insolvency legislation. It had not been up to him to decide or to be the judge of what was material or not.

No repayments for 9 years

The judge said that on 8 March last, the court had been informed that at the instigation of Ryan and Flood, they and Tanager agreed to a consent order with a four-months stay.

At that stage the debt had risen to €1.25 million and it seemed the estimated value of the property was €900,000. The couple had not made any repayments on the mortgage for almost nine years and today Judge Linnane awarded all legal costs against them.

Tanager had agreed to limit the debt to the net proceeds of sale of the house, effectively writing off more than €300,000 with no order as to costs. Ryan and his wife had second thoughts and met with a Personal Insolvency Practitioner, James Green.

While his debt to Tanager was disclosed by Ryan no reference whatsoever had been made to Green to the fact that a consent order for possession was in existence. Insolvency Judge Verona Lambe had granted the Protective Certificate.

Flood, also a former TV presenter, was not named on Ryan’s mortgage deeds but had been joined to the re-possession proceedings following her marriage to Ryan.

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