Solicitor denies €150k ‘dummy’ deal allegations

SOLICITOR Jeremy Doyle has denied confirming he was to be paid €150,000 for entering into “dummy” contracts, never to be performed, for the onward sale of lands in Co Offaly at the centre of a land deal “scam” allegedly driven by former FF Cllr Gerard Killally.

In evidence to the Commercial Court, Mr Doyle, a partner in Doyle Hanlon Solicitors, Mountjoy Square, Dublin, rejected solicitor Hugh Millar’s account of a phone conversation of January 17 last concerning the alleged “dummy” contracts.

Mr Millar, in his evidence, said his account of what Mr Doyle had told him was accurate.

Mr Doyle also yesterday denied suggestions of “bizarre” dealings by himself and his firm concerning contracts relating to the lands at Mount Lucas, Daingean.

Mr Doyle undertook to copy the entirety of his file related to the contracts and to provide that to parties involved in the proceedings over the alleged “scam”.

He was before the court arising from developments in the continuing action in which several investors are suing Mr Killally; a firm of solicitors, Burke & Co, Drimnagh Road, Walkinstown, Dublin; various alleged advisers, some of whom also invested in the same land deal, and others.

The investors claim Mr Killally was behind a scheme under which 33 acres at Mount Lucas were sold to them for €10.6 million in May 2007 when, on the same day but unknown to them, Mr Killally acquired the lands for €4.7m via a company.

It was put to Mr Doyle that he agreed to accept a “bung” of €150,000 made on behalf of Mr Killally to enter into contracts on the basis these would never be enforced.

The case resumes on Tuesday.

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