Well, “fan” might be too strong a term. What documents recently disclosed in NAMA’s case in Connecticut against Sean Dunne and his wife, Gayle, show, is that the NAMA CEO is a subscriber to a UK and Ireland media monitoring company, called Zenark.
We see from an email dated Sunday 12th August 2012, that two blogposts on here comprise 40% of the NAMA CEO’s reading list for that day – the two blogposts are here and here – the other three stories are from the Sunday Independent. Given that this was the Sunday after the first revelations by the Sunday Times in the Enda Farrell affair, it is surprising not to see any reference to the Sunday Times which followed up its story that Sunday, though the Sunday Times is generally a subscription service.
Apparently there are another 200+ pages to the recent NAMA disclosure in the case. NAMA had no comment on the above email this morning, though if any comment is forthcoming, it will be posted as an update here.
Yesterday in Connecticut, the former NAMA Asset Recovery Manager, John Coleman was “deposed” by the Dunnes. “Deposing” involves one side in a legal case questioning a witness in the case on matters relevant in the case, with the ability to then produce the answers in a subsequent court hearing. The main court hearing in the NAMA case against the Dunnes is scheduled for September 2014 (yes, 18 months hence). In a recent court hearing, the judge indicated that she would consider a request from the Dunnes to depose the NAMA CEO himself, depending on what transpired in the deposing of John Coleman.
You’ll find background on the case here. In a nutshell, NAMA is pursuing Sean Dunne for a €185m judgment it obtained in 2012, and NAMA is alleging shenanigans involving transfers between Sean and his wife that relate to a Swiss apartment and several US properties, and that some of Gayle’s wealth should properly be handed over to NAMA. The Dunnes deny the allegations, and in fact Gayle Dunne – pictured above – has said that the case is damaging her reputation. The saga in the court room has been mixed for NAMA with the judge refusing a freezing order on Dunnes’ assets and the judge has been critical of some of the evidence, and has allowed the Dunnes access to documents and witnesses despite resistance from NAMA, on the other hand, the case is going ahead in 2014. We are still waiting to hear the outcome of a hearing last month where the Dunnes attempted to have part of the case thrown out for lack of jurisdiction.