Friday 31 October 2014

Report on GAA legend's €1m debts 'doesn't give full picture'

Published 22/05/2014 | 02:30

Páidí Ó Sé, as photographed in his pub in Ventry in 2011
Former Kerry manager Paidi Ó Sé has a word with nephew Tomas Ó Sé before Kerry's clash against Armagh in the 2003 All-Ireland final
Former Kerry manager Paidi Ó Sé has a word with nephew Tomas Ó Sé before Kerry's clash against Armagh in the 2003 All-Ireland final

THE family of legendary GAA footballer Paidi O Se say a report that the eight-times All-Ireland winner had died leaving debts of over €1m was not a full picture.

Solicitor Padraig O'Connell said the report had caused distress and upset for the O Se family.

Speaking on behalf of Paidi's widow Maire and his children Neasa, Siun and Padraig Og, Mr O'Connell added: "The publication of their personal business has caused serious distress for the family.

"The family are trying to put the business affairs in order.

"It's very sensitive and the family are very grateful for the gestures of best wishes that have come from the community and they feel that it's very difficult going forward to deal with issues that are appearing in the press which have to be dealt with on a regular basis by professional people on their behalf."

A report in 'The Sunday Times' concerning the probate of Mr O Se's estate, published at the weekend, claimed he had died with debts amounting to over €1m.

Paidi passed away suddenly at the family home in Ard a' Bhothar, Ventry, Co Kerry in December 2012 of a suspected heart attack.

He was 57.

Mr O'Connell added: "The grant of administration as to the figures in it are absolutely correct – and that is what was quoted in 'The Sunday Times', and I have no argument with that.

"But that in itself doesn't show the true picture – because certain property that was purchased was subsequently rezoned, and that would reflect a different picture in terms of valuation.

"The figures that were put into the revenue affidavit for the purposes of taking out letters of administration, reflect estimated values, which at the time were estimated and are correct as being estimated.

"But they could not be true figures because, clearly, the market wasn't tested.

"So when you put in a figure on the revenue affidavit it's on that basis," Mr O'Connell added.

Irish Independent

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