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Late star's relative told to pay €8,000 property service fees

A SISTER-IN-LAW of the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan has been ordered to pay more than €8,000 in outstanding service charges on her apartment.

Janice O'Brien, a mother of two, had not paid service charges for three years and claimed she was "being forced to live there", the Circuit Civil Court heard yesterday.

Joanne Fleming, a director of Fisher Property Management Company, which manages 55 developments throughout counties Meath and Dublin, said Ms O'Brien had ignored demands for payment of the service charges.

Ms O'Brien said she had been involved in a major High Court case over the sale of her €785,000 former home at 28 Clontarf Road in Dublin in 2007.

It had been sold in an exchange deal which saw her getting Apartment 3, Glenbrian Hall, Howth Road, Dublin.

The apartment had been valued at €450,000.

She claimed yesterday she still had not been paid all of the money she was due for the sale of her former home, which she had sold to two developers, Martin Walsh and Patrick O'Donnell.

She had moved back into her old home by using a spare key.

But in January last year, Mr Walsh and Mr O'Donnell obtained a permanent injunction from the High Court restraining her from re-occupying the Clontarf Road house.

The High Court had heard Ms O'Brien, who is still living in Apartment 3, Glenbrian Hall, had become unhappy with the original deal.

Granting an order for €8,025 against Ms O'Brien, the judge said everyone knew that service charges were necessary to cover expenses for property insurance, bin collections, fire alarms, lifts and grounds and car parking maintenance.

She ordered Ms O'Brien to pay the costs of yesterday's hearing.

Irish Independent