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Dunne's links to cleaner case puts him in spotlight

Feud has the makings of a novel -- a tycoon, a cleaner and allegations of phone interference, writes Maeve Sheehan

Published 24/07/2011 | 05:00

TAKE a tale of a falling out between a property tycoon and his cleaner, add claims of over-charging and spice it up with a dash of the topic du jour -- alleged phone interference -- and it could be a recipe for the latest airport blockbuster. but this intriguing story is unfolding not in a novel, but in the High Court as part of a legal action linked to Sean Dunne, once dubbed the Baron of Ballsbridge, against his former cleaning contractor, the exotic-sounding Eugenia Pacelli, also known as Gina Farrell.

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Mr Dunne is not actually party to the legal action but he looms large nonetheless. The legal action was taken by Hollybrook Management Company Ltd, which manages apartments developed by Mr Dunne on Brighton Road in Foxrock. This company employed Ms Farrell's contract cleaning business to clean the common areas of the apartment block. Hollybrook claims she over-charged and double-charged the company for her cleaning services and the company is now suing her.

Ms Farrell, for her part, claims that while Mr Dunne is not a director of Hollybrook, he controls the company and is pursuing a "vendetta" against her.

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