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€30,000 PR bill claim against Norris settled

SENATOR David Norris yesterday settled a €30,000 claim for public relations services provided for him during his presidential election campaign, writes Ray Managh.

Paul Allen & Associates PR, of Upper Mount Street, Dublin, had sued the senator for an allegedly outstanding fee of €30,000, which the company claimed was part of an overall €86,200 contract.

Barry Lennon, counsel for the PR firm, yesterday told County Registrar Susan Ryan that the proceedings had been settled and could be struck out at the Circuit Civil Court.

Cormac Clancy, counsel for Mr Norris, of North Great George's Street, Dublin, said he could not disclose details of the settlement as it included a confidentiality clause.

The PR firm claimed it had a contract dated October 11, 2011, with Mr Norris through his election agent, Liam McCabe, for his presidential campaign.

It claimed the contract had been backdated to September 29, 2011, to include services already rendered -- and provided for the payment of three instalments by Mr Norris.

It alleged there would be a downpayment of €26,200 plus VAT within 10 days of the contract signing, followed by a €30,000 payment inclusive of VAT before the end of the election campaign. The contract stipulated that a €30,000 payment, also inclusive of VAT, would be due in December 2011.

The PR firm's claim stated it had been an explicit term of the contract that the December 2011 payment would not depend on Mr Norris getting a state payment.

Irish Independent