Sunday 30 April 2017

Judge orders shop to settle piano row

Eamonn McDevitt: director
of Good and New shop
Eamonn McDevitt: director of Good and New shop

Greg Harkin

A JUDGE yesterday ordered a director of a charity shop to negotiate with a woman seeking a refund for a broken piano.

Denise O'Boyle paid €400 for the 85-year-old piano at the Good And New charity shop in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, earlier this year but claims the instrument was worth only €50.

She paid a further €100 for it to be delivered to her home and a further €100 to have it tuned.

At a hearing at Letterkenny District Court last month, Judge Paul Kelly had told the charity to reconsider its position not to refund Ms O'Boyle.

At the same court yesterday, Ms O'Boyle did not appear due to work commitments but was represented by her husband Patrick Gorrell.

Eamonn McDevitt, a director of the charity shop, told the court there had been contact in the past few weeks but the matter had not been resolved.

However, Mr Gorrell interrupted to claim "there was a single phone call last Thursday and we recorded that".

Mr McDevitt responded: "We may close our business if this (refund) happens."

Ms O'Boyle, from Tullid, Killybegs, had bought the piano for her daughter last January but when a piano tuner had examined it, he discovered it was beyond repair.

The case has been adjourned until November 7.

The shop has no government funding and relies on goodwill to run buses for cancer patients.

Irish Independent

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