Saturday 25 November 2017

James Reilly settles case over debt claim

Health Minister Dr James Reilly
Health Minister Dr James Reilly

Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor

THE Minister for Health, James Reilly, has settled an alleged unpaid debt in case in relation to a planned private medical centre.

James Reilly was being jointly sued, along with his business partners, by a firm of architects for €100,000 for work on the proposed Airside Clinic in Swords, Co. Dublin.

Project Management Limited, trading as PM Group, was hired in 2007 to draw up plans for the multi-million euro, four-storey private medical centre, for which work never started despite planning permission being granted.

Minister Reilly, who previously denied that he owed the company any money, was not present in the High Court this morning when the matter came before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan.

The terms of the settlement are confidential, the High Court heard.

Dr Reilly previously became the first cabinet minister ever to be named in debt defaulter list 'Stubbs Gazzette' after failing to obey a High Court order to pay his share of a €1.9m debt.

His junior cabinet colleague John Perry, the Minister for small business, is separately facing financial difficulties after he and his wife consented to a €2.5m judgment against them arising from property debts.

He has been given until September 2 to deal with the judgments against him.

Outside court, it emerged that there will be a one-off payment on October 5 and that will settle the matter.


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