Wednesday 23 May 2018

Interior designer shows Hobbs the money

Dara deFaoite

FINANCE advice hotshot Eddie Hobbs has been shown the money by his former interior designer.

Mr Hobbs, who sued interior designer Catherine Quirke over furniture her company installed at his office on the Curragh, Co Kildare, three years ago, settled the case out of court yesterday.

The exact settlement was not disclosed yesterday but the estimated value of the furniture, which Mr Hobbs claimed was "defective", was put at €15,000 by a source close to the case.

"As a consumer rights advocate, I thought it was important to pursue this matter all the way into the courts if necessary," Mr Hobbs said.

"This is the first time I've ever taken a civil action against a supplier and I think it's important that these matters are seen through to a satisfactory conclusion."

Mr Hobbs, who will host a 'Show Me the Money Revisited' show on RTE next month, revealed the settlement was to his satisfaction. The case, taken by Mr Hobbs and his wife Mary, was due to come before Kildare Circuit Court in Naas yesterday.

Solicitor for Eddie and Mary Hobbs, Andrew Cody, told the court that the case had been "settled and struck out of court".

When contacted, Mr Hobbs said he "had not received satisfaction from this supplier over the last few years".

"Most consumers just sit and complain after they've purchased goods they're unhappy with but there are avenues open under the Sales of Goods and Suppliers of Services Act which can offer some form of redress," he said.

Neither Mr Hobbs nor Ms Quirke were in court yesterday.

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