Tycoons: Lucky Jim

Twenty-five years ago, the late Jim Mansfield found himself at the centre of controversy over two big-ticket property deals in Dublin

1st October, 2017
Jim Mansfield with aircraft said to have been used by US president Dwight D Eisenhower Pic: Tony O’Shea

Jim Mansfield has much in common with his friend Pino Harris. The two Dubliners quietly made themselves millions from machinery and trucking businesses, but it is their involvement in property which has attracted attention.

Harris’s acquisition of Carysfort College has led opposition politicians to attack Taoiseach Charles Haughey and former minister for education Mary O’Rourke.

For his part, Mansfield has found himself embroiled in planning disputes and litigation following his purchase...

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