A COUPLE who claimed an engineer left them with a lop-sided house have settled their court action for damages.
Karen and Francis Carr claimed Gerard Duke failed to properly supervise the laying of foundations for their home at Sallows, Letterbarrow, Co Donegal, when it was being built in 2003 and 2004.
Mr Duke denied the claims and said he was not employed by the Carrs to supervise the day-to-day building work.
He said he was only required to carry out periodic inspections, for which he received around €900.
The court heard the couple had expected to sell the two-storey house for €230,000. But an estate agent who was asked to value the property told them that it was lopsided and that they shouldn't put it on the market.
They later sued Mr Duke, trading as Duke Associates, claiming he failed to remedy the defects. The couple claimed the current market price for the house was €150,000 if the foundations weren't faulty. But they said the best price they could expect was €30,000 as the house was defective.
The couple have an outstanding mortgage of €100,000 on the house where they live with their five children.
When the case was due to resume yesterday, High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns was told it been settled and could be struck out.