Friday 19 January 2018

Under-fire TD settles €250,000 debt case

Cormac McQuinn and Dearbhail McDonald

EMBATTLED Small Business Minister John Perry has been at the centre of another High Court case over an unpaid debt of almost €250,000.

BWG Foods, the firm that operates the Spar convenience store brand in Ireland, sued Mr Perry and his wife Marie over the debt relating to their supermarket in Ballymote, Co Sligo.

However, it has now emerged that the case has been settled in recent weeks.

Mr Perry has owned a supermarket premises in his home village since the 1980s.

The store formerly traded under the Spar brand but has since changed to become a Costcutter supermarket.

The BWG Foods claim is understood to relate to goods supplied by the company in 2008. Papers were first filed in the High Court in 2011.


The matter was reported to have been resolved last year. However, the company filed a motion to the High Court last May – indicating that it intended to proceed with the case.

In an affidavit filed in the case a little more than two weeks ago, BWG's Don Kilmartin said the firm was seeking the judgment of €246,000 against Mr Perry and his wife.

A hearing was scheduled to go ahead in October this year. However, BWG Foods last night issued a statement saying that "the case has settled to BWG's satisfaction".

The Irish Independent contacted Mr Perry for comment and to ask how much had been paid in the settlement. A spokeswoman replied: "He has no comment to make on the matter."

Irish Independent

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