Internationally renowned sculptor Paul Ferriter was yesterday awarded €88,000 compensation for having to move his studio out of a Temple Bar building that is due to be demolished as part of a redevelopment.
It is just under a quarter of the €360,000 he had asked Judge James O'Donohoe to award him in a Circuit Civil Court application. The €88,000 award was reduced by €10,000 that Mr Ferriter conceded he owed his landlord in rent.
Mr Ferriter had sought the compensation from landlord Rockyvale for having to quit his studio and find somewhere else to continue moulding his acclaimed works.
The sculptor, of Clonsilla Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin, has completed sculptures of many famous sporting figures, including Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and both Christy O'Connor Snr and Christy Jnr, as well as jockey AP McCoy.
He had rented the top floor of Fashion House in Upper Exchange Street and Copper Alley, Dublin, and had been told this week by Judge O'Donohoe that he was entitled to a new five-year lease, but Mr Ferriter asked the court to assess compensation, asking for the six-figure sum.
Rossa Fanning, counsel for Rockyvale, of Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin, told the court that Fashion House was to be demolished and redeveloped in a multi-million-euro extension to the existing Parliament Hotel almost opposite Dublin City Hall in Lord Edward Street.
Mr Fanning said planning permission had already been obtained from Dublin City Council and contractors had been hired and ready to start work next month.
Rockyvale's valuer, Peter Stapleton, had estimated adequate compensation at €50,000.
Mr Ferriter told his barrister John Donnelly that he was currently working on new sculptures for Cheltenham Racecourse, and had sculpted famous horses owned by Ryanair's Michael O'Leary.
Judge O'Donohoe heard that Mr Ferriter (49) had been paying €800 a month but was €10,000 in arrears.
Mr Ferriter said he had withheld rent after having been locked out of the building, but had lodged €10,000 with his solicitors Ivor Fitzpatrick to cover the backlog.
The High Court had allowed him back in last year.
Mr Fanning told the court planning permission had been obtained for a five-to-seven-storey development over basement extension, which would include 77 additional bedrooms.
In total, the hotel would have 128 bedrooms, with access from both Exchange Street Upper and Lord Edward Street.
Judge O'Donohoe awarded Mr Ferriter €88,000 compensation, reduced to €78,000 to cover rent arrears, and directed that Rockyvale make a €7,500 contribution towards his costs.
Mr Ferriter was granted six weeks to leave the building.