A SISTER-in-law of the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan has been ordered to pay just over €8,000 in outstanding service charges on her apartment home.
Joanne Fleming, a director of Fisher Property Management Company, which manages 55 developments throughout counties Meath and Dublin, told the Circuit Civil Court that mother-of-two Janice O'Brien had not paid service charges for three years.
Ms Fleming gave evidence on behalf of the plaintiff, Glenbrian Management Company Ltd, the running of which her company was responsible on a daily basis.
She said Ms O'Brien had ignored demands for payment of the service charges.
Ms O'Brien told Judge Jacqueline Linnane she had been engaged in a major High Court case over the 2007 sale of her €785,000 former home at Clontarf Road, Dublin. It had been sold in an exchange deal involving her being given title to Apartment 3, Glenbrian Hall, Howth Road, Dublin, which had been valued at €450,000.
She claimed she still had not been paid all of the outstanding money for the sale of her former home which she had sold to two developers, Martin Walsh and Patrick O'Donnell.
She had moved back into her old home by using a spare key until Walsh and O'Donnell in January last year obtained a permanent injunction from the High Court restraining her from re-occupying the Clontarf Road house.
The High Court had heard Ms O'Brien, who is still living in Apartment 3, Glenbrian Hall, had become unhappy with the original deal.
She claimed in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday she did not own and did not want the Glenbrian Hall apartment but was "being forced to live there".
Without specifically identifying anyone, she said in the witness box that her life had been made "a nightmare and living hell by these people".
Judge Linnane told Ms O'Brien she had been granted full title of the apartment in the High Court proceedings which were under appeal to the Supreme Court.
Barrister Gemma Carroll, counsel for Glenbrian Management Company Ltd, said the Circuit Court should not allow Ms O'Brien attempt to conduct a re-hearing of the High Court case.
She said Ms O'Brien was legally responsible for the €8,025 service charges.
Granting a decree for €8,025 against Ms O'Brien, the judge said everyone knew that service charges were necessary.
She ordered Ms O'Brien to pay the costs of yesterday's hearing.