Friday 28 July 2017

Former FF TD to contest claim he owes firm €1,000

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

AN outspoken former Fianna Fail TD is to fully contest a claim that he owes a print firm €1,000 for unpaid election flyers.

The revelation came as Cork District Court adjourned a civil case between Noel O'Flynn (61) and Glanmire Community News for a fortnight, with a full hearing of the matter expected in February.

Judge Con O'Leary heard that the plaintiffs now wish to add a third company to the action against Mr O'Flynn.

The firm, Graphic Prism, is being added to the action in relation to VAT invoices cited by the defence.

Both sides sought an adjournment of the matter.

Last month, Mr O'Flynn successfully challenged a €1,000 court judgment against him over the general election flyers.

Mr O'Flynn, who did not defend his Cork North Central seat in 2011, said he was on a Mexican holiday when legal documents in relation to the case were sent to his business rather than his home address.

The millionaire businessman said he felt "shock, surprise and disbelief" when he later learned about the District Court proceedings.

The former TD was sued by Glanmire Community News (GCN) of Glanmire Community Centre, Riverstown, Co Cork.

GCN claimed it was owed €1,000 for work in relation to the production and distribution of political flyers for Mr O'Flynn in 2010.

They had secured a District Court judgment against Mr O'Flynn last year.

But the former TD successfully appealed the judgment, arguing that a mistake in not sending legal documentation to his home address interfered with his ability to mount a full defence.

Mr O'Flynn was first elected to the Dail in 1997.

Irish Independent

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