Friday 20 October 2017

O'Gara being sued over property deal

Ray Managh and Shane Hickey

IRISH rugby star Ronan O'Gara is facing a possible bill for tens of thousands of euro over a contentious property deal.

The Munster and Irish international (pictured) was yesterday given six weeks to deliver his defence in a case taken by a major developer.

The Circuit Court heard yesterday that the Spencer Dock Development Company -- part of developer Johnny Ronan's Treasury Holdings group -- is seeking an order directing him to complete a deal for an apartment at Spencer Dock, North Wall, in Dublin.

Spencer Dock was one of the most high-profile property launches at the height of the boom. It is not clear how much money was involved in the alleged deal.

Yesterday, the company, of Connaught House, Burlington Road, Dublin, appeared before Dublin County Registrar Susan Ryan on foot of a motion for judgment, due to no defence being entered.

However, barrister Gemma O'Farrell, for the company, told Ms Ryan the motion seeking judgment could be struck out with an order for costs against Mr O'Gara. An order for costs was granted against him.

The county registrar granted Mr O'Gara, of Belgard Downs, Rochestown, Cork, six weeks in which to enter a defence to the company's claim.

He was not in court for the brief hearing.

Irish Independent

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