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Thursday 16 August 2018

Couple battle builders after roof blows off

A FAMILY are suing builders after they had to leave their new home due to dampness and when part of the roof blew off during a storm.

Niamh and George Burrowes, and their two children, moved into the house at St John's Green, Johnstown, Kildare, in 2004.

Less than a year later, they had to leave and say the house now requires extensive renovations, the High Court heard.

The Burrowes, of Cruicenath Stud, Kill, Kildare, have sued Dwyer Nolan Developments Ltd, of Shankill, Dublin, and heating contractors Kevin McDonnell and Martin Lynch Heating, of Stadium Business Centre, Ballycoolin Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

They claim that in March 2004 they entered into a contract with Dywer Nolan to buy the site at St John's Green and have a house built on it. The other defendants were hired by Dwyer Nolan as plumbing contractors, it was claimed.

The couple claim the house was not built in accordance with the agreement and is not fit for habitation. The claims are denied.

The court heard they paid Dwyer Nolan €105,000 for the site and €275,000 to have the house built. After they moved in, there were problems with the heating and water systems along with dampness. Inspections revealed defects, counsel for the couple said.

On January 1, 2005, following a storm, part of the roof blew off. The family moved out and have been living at rented accommodation since.

They have continued to pay a mortgage on the house. The case continues.

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