TWO Mongolian office clerks who each paid The Eurocollege Institute of Education €6,500 before discovering they could not obtain visas to study in Ireland, have been awarded judgments against the college.
Barrister John Nolan told the Circuit Civil Court today that since paying each student a €1,000 cash refund and entering a one-line defence to legal proceedings, there had been no response from the Dublin-based college.
He said Mr Dorj Odsaikhan and Ms Ariunzaya Ayush, both of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, had in 2011 bought €6,500 educational courses from The Eurocollege Institute subject to their obtaining visas to study in Ireland.
When their applications for visas were refused they had asked the college, which operates from a unit in Parnell Court, Granby Row, Dublin, to refund the money.
Mr Nolan said the refusal of visas prevented the students from entering the country either to study or attend court and they had asked Shane Carty of Kent Carty solicitors to process legal proceedings.
“College CEO Shirley Hastings informed Kent Carty that the course fees would be refunded, apologised for any delay and stated the college had no intention of stealing the money,” Mr Nolan said.
Someone, purporting to represent the college, had in 2012, turned up at Kent Carty’s offices with refunds of €1,000 cash in each case. This had been followed by the entry of one-line defences denying that €6,500 was owed by the college to each of the students.
There was no representative on behalf of the college in court and Judge Jacqueline Linnane granted Mr Odsaikhan and Ms Ayush summary judgment for €5,500 each, with Circuit Court costs, against the college.