In fairness, there had been a hearing scheduled for 10am local time yesterday in the Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford, in the NAMA case against the Dunnes, Sean and his wife Gayle. This is the case initiated last July 2012 where NAMA is alleging shenanigans in the transfer of wealth from Sean to the missus at a time when he was deep in hock to creditors, shenanigans vigorously rejected by the Dunnes. The case was scheduled to be heard way off in the future in September 2014 but there has been a lot of interim hearings to deal with various matters of disclosure and the like. Last Friday’s filing for bankruptcy by Sean Dunne in Connecticut seems to have stopped this other court case in its tracks. On Monday, Sean filed a motion to dismiss the case because of his bankruptcy filing.
Sean’s filing led to yesterday’s hearing being cancelled but that didn’t stop fearless journalists from both the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner turning up. Orlaith Farrell and John Riordan duly attended as evidenced by John’s tweet below.
Simon Carswell, the finance journalist whom the Irish Times bizarrely transferred to the US gig last year wasn’t there, smugly telling enquirers that his article on Tuesday about the Dunne case meant the case would be cancelled. And indeed, if you look at the present record for the case, the status of all future hearings is “off”. If NAMA wants to pursue its claim against Sean Dunne, it will need do it in the bankruptcy court. The status of the case against Gayle Dunne is less clearcut, and is complicated by it revolving around her husband’s transactions.
Ah well, better luck to the old media on Monday next at the Sean Dunne bankruptcy hearing, and remember the bankruptcy court judge has threatening to dismiss the filing unless Sean complies with certain rules. Hopefully the new media will also have an attendance on Monday.