Challenge to film director's €4m negligence claim
THE detail of a €4m claim by film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran over alleged defective works on their luxury seafront home has been challenged in the High Court.
Barrister Marcus Dowling, representing one of eight defendants being sued by the Sheridans, yesterday asked Mr Justice Frank Clarke not to allow the couple to expand on their original claim.
He told the court the original Statement of Claim delivered by the couple's legal team in December 2008 had last month been stretched to include allegations of negligence not previously listed.
The Sheridans claim that as a result of negligence on the part of various contractors and professionals engaged in the building of their four-bedroomed home, 'Martha's Vineyard' on Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin, the house had suffered extensive water damage.
They allege the damage frustrated efforts to sell the property in 2007 at a time when it would have achieved a price in the region of €7m.
They claim two potential purchasers who were aware of the water problem had pulled out and that the property was now worth between €3m and €4.5m.
Mr Dowling, who appeared for architects De Blacam and Meagher, said the loss of opportunity of sale constituted the bulk of the Sheridan's claim.
The court was told the Sheridans intended their home, the site of a former cottage they bought in 1997, to be one of the finest coastal properties in Ireland and were now servicing mortgages on two properties. They had another property at St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge.
Mr Dowling told the court yesterday that a London-based company, Gilmac Building Services, now insolvent and no longer participating in the litigation, was "recognised by everybody as the villains of the piece who had made a complete mess in building the house".
Judge Clarke will on Friday rule on the admissibility of the new list of particulars alleged by the Sheridans.