'Vindicated' matchmaker now turns to speed dating
THE owner of a dating agency said she was "over the moon" with a court ruling which dismissed a claim for damages against her.
But Mary Mitchell is now through with traditional matchmaking and has turned to speed dating as a means of bringing lonely hearts together.
"I just feel with speed dating that people themselves can take responsibility for who they want to meet again and can make their own choices," she said.
Ms Mitchell, from Ballintra, Co Donegal, was sued by Annemarie McBrearty (35), of Oldtown, Letterkenny, for "negligence, breach of duty and fraudulent misrepresentation" after Ms McBrearty failed to find romance from introductions through the dating agency the Happy Matchmaker.
Ms McBrearty complained that one of the men was too shy, another was unmannerly, another appeared extremely desperate and a fourth had attempted to kiss her on the mouth in a public car park.
But Judge Kevin Kilrane dismissed the claim for €6,348.99, ruling that there was no evidence to suggest the men were sexual predators and that all appeared within her range of compatibility.
Speaking yesterday, after the completion of the case in the District Court, which has been ongoing for 18 months, Ms Mitchell said she and her family would now be able to get on with their lives.
"I feel I have been vindicated. It has been a very stressful time for my whole family but I am over the moon that it is over.
Ms Mitchell added that she always knew she hadn't done anything wrong.
"Three of the four men were garda-vetted because of their jobs. The fourth was an ordinary farming guy, a quiet lad. I can only make the introduc- tions."
Ms Mitchell added that the case could cost her up to €10,000. Judge Kilrane made no order on costs, saying that he found both parties "absolutely honest" in their evidence.