Firm told to pay for work at mansion of Michael O’Leary
Published 18/11/2011 | 05:00
A COMPANY that installed two electric blinds to the stained-glass skylights in the kitchen of the mansion of Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has been ordered to pay €11,200.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane heard in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that the blinds in the kitchen-dining area of Gigginstown House had been part of a multimillion-euro renovation of the property by Mr O'Leary.
Blinds-fitting experts Paddy Rogers (Blinds) Limited had been paid a €6,111 deposit for the installation but another company had then been paid €5,089 to remove the fitting.
The airline chief had sued through Stormwell Limited, which has its registered office at Ballynaskeagh House, Raharney, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. According to court documents, it owns Gigginstown House.
Simon Noddings, of architects de Blacam and Meagher, said he had contacted Paddy Rogers (Blinds) Ltd, who fitted horizontal electric blinds.
But there had been a "belly" in the middle of one of the blinds and it kept falling out of its perimeter track on one side, allowing light to come in.
The manager on the renovation project, Niall Dillon, said he had to have them removed and the fittings area repaired.
James Rogers, managing director of the blinds company, said the blinds were almost the length of the room and he had warned that there would be a small dip in the fabric.
He said he had been unable to deal directly with Mr O'Leary.
It was unreasonable that he had been asked for something that could not be achieved, added Mr Rogers.
Judge Linnane said she was satisfied the dip in the blinds had been excessive and she awarded costs to the plaintiff.