Sunday 30 April 2017

Previous family disputes - as alleged by Greg O'Gorman in litigation against his mother Marian O'Gorman

Melissa, Greg and Marian O’Gorman in 2014 at the Kilkenny shop on Nassau Street Picture: Kieran Harnett
Melissa, Greg and Marian O’Gorman in 2014 at the Kilkenny shop on Nassau Street Picture: Kieran Harnett

1993: Greg O'Gorman says his mother "irreparably fell out" with her sister Freda Hayes, who left what was then Blarney Woollen Mills and went on to establish Meadows & Byrne.

2: 1999: Greg O'Gorman says his mother fell out with her brothers, Pat, Frank and Kevin. High Court action followed and the business was then divided.

After this row, the mother kept Kilkenny stores in the Icon Centre and the Blarney Woollen Mills stores in Killarney, Cobh and Kilkenny as well as the Sweater Shop in Killarney and a property portfolio. The brothers kept the Blarney Woollen Mills shop on Dublin's Nassau St, the Blarney Castle knitwear company, a share in the Blarney Park Hotel, the Donegal Bay knitwear factory in Donegal and the Club Tricot shop on Dublin's Grafton St and other assets.

3: Following the settlement of the second family dispute, Greg O'Gorman says his mother ran the business with her husband, Michael O'Gorman, and her sister, Bernadette Kelleher Nolan. Greg O'Gorman says yet another acrimonious family dispute emerged, with Bernadette "requiring the sale of significant business assets" [undisclosed] to facilitate Bernadette's departure.

4: Greg O'Gorman alleges that there are key senior personnel involved in a series of employment law disputes alleging unfair dismissal and what he describes as "serious allegations of bullying" made against his mother.

5: Greg O'Gorman alleges that partly as a result of the treatment of him by his mother, unhappy differences arose between his mother and father whom, the court heard, have now separated after 40 years.

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