Friday 23 March 2018

Couple who altered apartment lobby to match Bono’s to change it back

Sheelagh McLoughlin outside court
Sheelagh McLoughlin outside court

Ray Managh

AN elderly couple, who altered the common lobby outside their multi-apartment home similar to what they claimed their neighbour Bono had been allowed to do, have told a judge they will reinstate it.

Dr Hugh Conor McLoughlin and his wife, Sheelagh, an Irish-American couple who returned from Florida following retirement to live at Asgard Apartments, Balscadden Road, Howth, Co Dublin, bought three apartments and turned them into one luxury home.

Barrister John Cheatle told the Circuit Civil Court today  that their complex management company, “Asgard” Residents Limited had bullied and harassed them after they had made unscheduled changes to the attic and lobby.

Mr Cheatle said the owner of the apartment below the McLoughlins, Mr Paul Hewson, aka Bono, had previously done something similar to the lobby area but with no objections from the management company.

It was learned afterwards that Bono’s late father had lived in the lower double apartment.

Solicitor Leo Fay stated in an affidavit that while Bono had similarly encroached into the lobby outside the original front door of his apartment it was readily conceded it had been recessed back further than that of the McLoughlin home.

Mr Fay, of  Michael J. Kennedy, solicitors for the McLoughlins, said a solution similar to that used to facilitate Mr Hewson could easily have been reached which would have had the effect of resolving any conflict with the management company.

Mr George A. Brady, S.C., who appeared with Conor Kearney for the management company, told the court Dr and Mrs McLoughlin had not only altered the lobby, they had altered firewalls in the common attic to give themselves more space.

Mr Cheatle told the court that only a fortnight ago workmen for “Asgard” Residents Limited, c/o Fintan Coughlan, Castletown, Athboy, Co Meath, had taken down the McLoughlins’ front door with a lump hammer and chisel and had replaced it.

He said Dr and Mrs McLoughlin, both in their mid seventies, were seeking an injunction restraining any such further entry upon their home.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said Dr and Mrs McLoughlin had earlier admitted trespass in the attic and had agreed to a schedule of 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.

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