Clinical trial: the long-running battle for control of the Blackrock Clinic

Clinical trial: the long-running battle for control of the Blackrock Clinic View Gallery
The Blackrock Clinic opened in 1984 and last year made a profit of €13.6 million Picture: Feargal Ward

“It’s a mess,” was the verdict of one source close to the hospital

When Bupa divested its majority stake in the Blackrock Clinic in 2006, it unwittingly sowed the seeds of a bitter and enduring struggle for control of the exclusive hospital.

In the last couple of years, allegations of an attempted boardroom takeover have ricocheted between shareholders and spilled out into expensive courtroom showdowns from Dublin to Delaware.

On one side of the row is beef baron Larry Goodman, who has a 28 per cent shareholding in the...

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