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Davis Norris settles €30k claim by PR advisor for Presidential election campaign

Senator David Norris today settled a €30,000 Circuit Civil Court claim for public relations services provided for him during his presidential election campaign.

Paul Allen & Associates PR Limited, of Upper Mount Street, Dublin, had sued the senator for an allegedly outstanding fee of €30,000 which the PR company claimed was part of an overall €86,200 contract for media relations and communications.

Barry Lennon, counsel for the PR firm, told County Registrar Susan Ryan in her motions court that the proceedings had been settled and could be struck out.

Barrister Cormac Clancy, counsel for Senator Norris, of (18) North Great George’s Street, Dublin, said the proceedings had been compromised by consent.

Following the brief hearing, at which Senator Norris did not appear, Mr Clancy said he could not disclose details of the settlement as the agreement included a confidentiality clause. He said he could not comment on the amount of money if any involved in the settlement or legal costs matters.

Paul Allen’s PR firm claimed in a Civil Bill that it had a contract dated October 11, 2011 with Senator Norris through his election agent, Liam McCabe, for the campaign for the office of Uachtarain na hEireann.

The company claimed the contract had been back-dated to September 29, 2011 to include agreed services already rendered and provided for the payment of three instalments by Senator Norris.

The Civil Bill alleged there would be a down payment of €26,200 plus VAT within 10 days of the contract signing followed by a €30,000 payment, inclusive of VAT before the end of the election campaign. The contract stipulated that a €30,000 payment, also inclusive of VAT, would be due in December 2011.

The PR firm’s claim stated it had been an explicit term of the contract that the December 2011 payment would not be conditional upon the securing by Senator Norris of a State payment.

The company stated that in compliance with the contract it had provided a full range of professional services to Senator Norris in all areas of communications and public relations during the election campaign.

It alleged that in breach of the contract, despite demands by the company, Senator Norris had failed to discharge the final sum of €30,000.

Paul Allen PR claimed the allegedly outstanding €30,000 together with interest and damages for breach of contract along with legal costs.