Wednesday 17 July 2019

Firm told to refit €8,000 'complete shambles' of a kitchen

Helen Richardson pictured leaving the Four Courts after a Circuit Civil Court action. Pic: Collins Courts
Helen Richardson pictured leaving the Four Courts after a Circuit Civil Court action. Pic: Collins Courts

Simone Smith

A JUDGE who described an €8,000 kitchen as a “complete shambles” has told the company that carried out the fitting to replace it.

He also ordered Tierney Kitchens Retail to pay its customer €1,750 for the trouble it had caused.

Helen Richardson of Forest Boulevard, Rivervalley, Swords, Co. Dublin told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that in July 2017 she had hired Tierney Kitchens Retail Limited to install a new kitchen for a sum of €7,950.

Ms Richardson told her barrister, Pat Purcell, she had lost all faith in the kitchen company and had wanted Tierney Kitchens of Stephenstown Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, to remove it.

She told the court that after the kitchen had been installed the sink had started to rust and an air vent had never been connected to the outside, causing her to open windows and doors when cooking.

Ms Richardson said she also had to use a stool to reach the top shelves in the fridge that had been fitted as it had been placed at an unsuitable height.

When the fridge had initially arrived it had been damaged and she had to wait six weeks for a replacement.

The court also heard from Ms Richardson that one of the drawers installed for storage in the kitchen had been sticking out more than the others as they had not been lined up straight.

Judge Groarke said he would like to see a new kitchen installed for Ms Richardson under the supervision of Mr Paul Terry, an expert who had given evidence on her behalf in relation to the kitchen’s faults.

He said Ms Richardson had wanted to upgrade her living conditions with hard-earned money but had been left at a complete and utter loss.

Judge Groarke said he could understand why Ms Richardson had lost faith in Tierney Kitchens but he would like to see her get the kitchen she signed up for under the supervision of Mr Terry.

He said Ms Richardson had been forced to come to court and had been dealing with the whole matter for almost two years. 

For this reason he awarded her general damages of €1,750 in addition to his order for the fitting of a new kitchen for her.

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