Official records seen by the MoS show that Dr Reilly and his wife had owned the site in Balrothery, north Dublin, since 1992.
His wife twice applied for planning permission for a development on the site, first in 1999, then in late 2000. Both applications were refused. A new planning application for the site, which didn’t mention the owners’ names, was brought by UK-based architectural firm in March 2004.
The planning permission was granted in July 2004, when Dr Reilly still owned the site.
In October 2005, Mr Donlon’s company, James Donlon Builders Ltd, took out an AIB mortgage secured on the property.
Company accounts show that a ‘charge on land’ was registered by AIB on October 10, 2005, secured on the Land Registry folio owned by Dr Reilly at the time.
The mortgage was registered to the folio with a note to say the property was ‘as more particularly described in a contract dated the third of October 2005 and made between Gerard Murphy and Mary Murphy of the one part and Jim Donlon (Builders) Ltd of the other part’.