Wednesday 24 May 2017

Model avoids jail but is forced to pay liquidator's court costs

Tim Healy

AN application to imprison model and TV presenter Glenda Gilson was withdrawn at the High Court yesterday.

The TV3 presenter and her brother Damien had been threatened with jail over their failure to provide adequate statements of financial affairs in relation to a wound-up car sales company, which they are directors of.

Both Gilsons were in court yesterday, and the liquidator of the car firm revealed that the paperwork had been provided.

But Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan said that they were liable for the costs of the application.

And since Gilson was not involved in the day-to-day running of the company, her brother was ordered to indemnify her for the costs.

The Gilson Motor company, Onger Wood, Dublin 15, was wound up by the High Court in March after it failed to pay a tax bill of €141,937 to the Revenue Commissioners.

The judge said yesterday while she had been told Gilson had become a director to oblige her brother, and while it was not unusual for family members to do so, people who agreed to this had a significant responsibility.

The fact that she may have not have had anything to do with the day-to-day running of the firm did not exempt her from that responsibility, the judge said.

The judge adjourned the case for a year after hearing that a separate application by the liquidator to have the Gilsons examined before the court did not need to proceed.

Irish Independent

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