Sunday 18 March 2018

Wallace denies he is dodging court summons

Bankrupt politician Mick Wallace. Photo: Tom Burke
Bankrupt politician Mick Wallace. Photo: Tom Burke
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Bankrupt politician Mick Wallace has denied claims he is evading a summons server in court proceedings that could see him barred from acting as a company director.

The allegation was made in the High Court yesterday where a judge was told the summons server had been unable to find the Independents4Change TD at his home in Clontarf, Dublin.

The liquidator of his M&J Wallace construction firm has applied to the court for an order disqualifying him and his son Sasha from being company directors, or failing that, restricting them for a number of years.

Mr Justice Robert Haughton heard that a summons server had been unable to serve court papers on either man at the addresses available to liquidator Micheál Leydon.

Barrister Stephen Brady submitted an affidavit to the court in which the summons server said he had been unable to serve papers at Mr Wallace's home in Clontarf despite several attempts.

"It appears he is evading service as he is not answering my calls," the affidavit said.

However, when contacted by the Irish Independent, Mr Wallace denied he was evading anyone.

"I got no notice of any hearing and I have not seen anyone try to serve papers," he said.

"I have not been hiding. I've been in the Dáil five days every week since the Dáil reopened."

Mr Justice Haughton asked on what basis the "evading" claim was made.

Mr Brady clarified that while Mr Wallace had not been contacted by phone, the summons server had called to his house on seven occasions in the past three weeks without success.

Mr Justice Haughton ruled that Mr Wallace and his son could both be served by post and email.

Irish Independent

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