Sunday 22 September 2019

Gallagher and Nokia clash in heating row

Seán Gallagher: Challenging an action against his company by Nokia. Picture: Collins
Seán Gallagher: Challenging an action against his company by Nokia. Picture: Collins

Tim Healy

A dispute between a property company of former presidential candidate Seán Gallagher and Nokia Ireland over heating and cooling systems for a Dublin premises has come before the High Court.

Nokia Ireland is seeking various orders against its landlord Clyde Real Estate, Blanchardstown Ltd, including an injunction preventing Clyde from closing down, demolishing or decommissioning a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) plant pending the outcome of the full hearing.

The application opened before the High Court yesterday when Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington heard claims by Nokia that conditions in its office, where 100 people are employed, were described as being "Arctic" and difficult to work in.

In a sworn statement, Mr Gallagher, chief executive of Clyde Real Estate, disputes this claim and said the temperatures had been recorded by experts as being quite suitable and acceptable.

Nokia says it had complained about excessively hot and cold temperatures at the premises since 2016.

Clyde, in its defence, says it is in the process of replacing the former obsolete HVAC system at the premises which is due for delivery in early January and will be installed as part of ongoing works to the premises.

The hearing continues.

Irish Independent

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