Homeless man seeks trust fund payment
A homeless man who shares a €1.5m trust fund with his sister is to ask a judge to make him a part payment of €4,500 to "keep a roof over his head" pending a trial to determine his full entitlement.
Barrister Paul Howard told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that she had earlier directed that €4,500 be paid to Declan Heffernanto provide him with shelter during the cold spell over Christmas and New Year.
Mr Howard, who appeared for Mr Heffernan with solicitors CN Doherty and Co, said this earlier payment had been used to pay hotel accommodation but has now run out. He said solicitor Colm Doherty was currently paying Mr Heffernan's hotel bill out of his own pocket.
Mr Howard sought short service of notice on the trustees, Michael J Kennedy, solicitor, and Carolyn Heffernan, a retired solicitor and sister of Mr Heffernan, of Castle Avenue, Clontarf, for direction of a further pay-out. Judge Linnane put the matter in for Thursday.
The court heard the trust fund, consisting of the value of two properties, was left by their late mother between Mr Heffernan and his sister Carolyn and may yet be wound up by consent.