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Flood family who lived in Four Seasons settle dispute

A FAMILY who lived in Dublin's Four Seasons Hotel during a dispute with their insurers over flood damage to their home have settled their High Court action.

In October 2011, Ann Marie Glennon Cully and her adult children, Zane and Zara, moved into a one-bedroom apartment at the Four Seasons after their home at Victoria House, St John's Road, Sandymount, Dublin, was extensively flood-damaged a second time. The house was first flood-damaged in late 2009.

They sued AXA Insurance Ltd after the parties failed to agree on issues related to the nature of repair works to the family's home which, it was alleged, had been badly damaged. AXA had opposed the family's action and had denied any wrongdoing.

When the matter had previously come before the court AXA said it had paid €159,000 and last February said it would pay another €645,000 but disputed liability for any more.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was informed that the matter had been resolved and the case could be struck out. No details of the settlement were revealed.

Ms Glennon Cully did not respond to Herald requests for comment on the end of the case last night. She and her children had sought €900,000 for the flood damage to the property.

The family lived in the Four Seasons apartment since a second flooding incident at the house in October 2011.

Pictures of the house submitted as part of a planning application for repairs to the roof – works which were separate to the family's claim – showed ripped up floors, exposed pipes, cracks in ceilings and boarded windows.

The family had defended their stay in the Four Seasons, saying their insurance policy allowed them "the reasonable cost of similar accommodation".