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Saturday 24 August 2019

Firm told to refit €8k 'shambles' of a kitchen

Helen Richardson at court
Helen Richardson at court

A judge who described an €8,000 kitchen as a "complete shambles" has told the company that carried out the fitting to replace it.

He also ordered Tierney Kitchens Retail to pay its customer €1,750 for the trouble it had caused.

Helen Richardson, of Forest Boulevard, Rivervalley, Swords, told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that she hired the firm to install a new kitchen for €7,950 in July 2017.

Ms Richardson told her barrister, Pat Purcell, she had lost all faith in the company and had wanted Tierney Kitchens, of Stephenstown Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, to remove it.

She said the sink had begun to rust and an air vent had never been connected to the outside, causing her to open windows and doors when cooking.

Ms Richardson had to use a stool to reach the top shelves in the fridge that had been fitted as it had been placed at an unsuitable height.

Damaged

When the fridge initially arrived it had been damaged, and she had to wait six weeks for a replacement.

The court also heard from Ms Richardson that one of the kitchen drawers had been sticking out more than the others as they had not been lined up properly.

Judge Groarke said he would like to see a new kitchen installed for Ms Richardson under the supervision of Paul Terry, an expert who had given evidence on her behalf in relation to the kitchen's faults.

Ms Richardson had wanted to upgrade her living conditions with hard-earned money, but had been left at a complete and utter loss.

Judge Groarke said he wanted to see her get the kitchen she signed up for.

Because Ms Richardson had been forced to come to court and had been dealing with the matter for nearly two years, he also awarded her €1,750.

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