Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bono not 'bullied' like us, say couple in building row

Ray Managh

AN ELDERLY couple claimed their neighbour Bono was allowed to alter an apartment lobby area but that they had been bullied by the complex's management company when they did the same thing.

Dr Hugh Conor McLoughlin and his wife Sheelagh are an Irish-American couple who returned from Florida following their retirement to live at Asgard Apartments, Balscadden Road, Howth, Co Dublin.

They bought three apartments and turned them into one luxury home – making changes to the attic and lobby.

Barrister John Cheatle told the Circuit Civil Court that the owner of the apartment below the McLoughlins, Paul Hewson, aka Bono, had previously done something similar to the lobby area but with no objections from Asgard Residents Ltd, the management company.

Counsel for the management company, George A Brady, said the McLoughlins had not only altered the lobby but had altered firewalls in the common attic.

Mr Cheatle told the court that a fortnight ago workmen for Asgard Residents Limited, c/o Fintan Coughlan, Castletown, Athboy, Co Meath, had taken down the McLoughlins' front door and replaced it

He said the couple, both in their mid-70s, were seeking an injunction restraining any such further entry upon their home.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said the McLoughlins had admitted trespass in the attic and had agreed to reinstatement works they had failed to carry out. She said there was now a fire safety issue and told both parties to "sort it out".

Following talks between the parties, Mr Brady told the judge that a new agreement had been reached and the matter could be adjourned.

Irish Independent

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