Thursday 21 September 2017

Slain gangster's partner wants €250,000 insurance payout

Eamon Dunne had been linked to a dozen gangland murders
Eamon Dunne had been linked to a dozen gangland murders

Tim Healy

The partner of slain gangster Eamon Dunne is suing over Irish Life's refusal to pay €250,000 on a life policy taken out two years before his death.

The High Court action has been brought by Georgia Saunders over a policy she and Dunne entered into in 2008.

Dunne was murdered in April 2010 while attending a birthday party in a pub in Cabra, Dublin. He had been linked to approximately a dozen gangland murders, and at the time of his death was on bail and awaiting trial for armed robbery.

In her action, Ms Saunders, who lives in the Netherlands, seeks an order that she is entitled to a payment from Irish Life.

She has also sought an order directing the insurer to specifically perform the contract of insurance which the court heard is worth €250,000.

Irish Life Assurance Plc opposes the action. It says it declined to pay out on grounds including there was a failure to disclose certain relevant material during the online application made by the couple.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan heard argument from lawyers in relation to a pre-trial matter.

Mairead McKenna Bl, for Irish Life, said that as part their defence they had sought answers to certain questions from Ms Saunders.

Irish Life wants to know if Dunne's doctors noted him being on medications to deal with sleep problems and anxiety.

Ms Saunders has also been asked if Dunne had told a doctor he had been drinking eight cans a night, had been snorting cocaine, had been feeling depressed and was keen for a psychiatric referral.

In the application form, Dunne had stated he did not suffer from a nervous disorder, had not suffered from or had treatment for any illness for a period of five years, and did not take recreational drugs.

Ms Saunders had not given the answers to the requests, the court heard.

Due to the refusal, the insurer was seeking permission from the court to issue a number formal questions to Ms Saunders.

The application was opposed.

Information was being sought on medical information which Ms Saunders had no knowledge of, it was claimed.

But Mr Justice Gilligan ruled Irish Life could issue the formal questions to Ms Saunders. Replies should be provided within six weeks, he said.

Irish Independent

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