Elderly couple claim €10.4m damages for collapse of sale
AN ELDERLY couple are claiming €10.4m damages from a firm of solicitors arising from the collapse of a land deal three years ago.
Albert Purcell (82) and his wife Florence (78), of Kilodiernan House, Puckane, Nenagh, Tipperary, are suing Raymond O'Meara, practising as O'Meara & Company, of Clare Street, Nenagh.
They accuse the firm of alleged negligence, breach of contract and duty.
In addition to incurring substantial financial loss as a result of the alleged negligence, Mr Purcell said he and his wife have suffered from significant stress, worry and inconvenience.
In their action, the couple allege negligence by the defendant related to services provided in relation to a contract for the sale by the Purcells of lands at Tyone, Nenagh for €11.7m to Nenagh Construction Company Ltd. It is claimed the lands are now valued at some €975,000, while a property on the lands is valued at €250,000.
Mr Purcell alleges negligence by the firm, including alleged failure by Mr O'Meara to advise Mr Purcell of the effects of certain actions, particularly the alleged return of a deposit cheque to another solicitor in the firm. It is alleged this ultimately led to the transaction being rescinded.