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Sunday 17 December 2017

Santa holiday group told to pay €12k debt

AN organisation that arranges holidays for sick children has been given two weeks by the High Court to pay an outstanding debt of €12,000 or face being wound up.

Yesterday, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy told The Children to Lapland Appeal (CLA) Ltd, with a registered address C/O United Travel, Clonkeen Road, Deansgrange, Co Dublin, that it must pay the debt to Print World Ltd by the start of March or a liquidator would be appointed.

Print World Ltd, with a registered Office at Westlink House Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin, petitioned the court to have the organisation wound up arising out of its failure to pay a debt of €12,452.87.

That money was not paid within 21 days of the demand being issued.

As a result, Print World applied to have the company wound up on the grounds it was unable to pay its debts.

The matter had been previously listed before the High Court, but was adjourned to yesterday.

The CLA was set up to provide holiday opportunities for sick children, build confidence in educational achievements, and create a better quality of life for children.

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It has organised events and trips to places such as the US, Thailand, the Middle East, as well as visits to Lapland to see Santa.

Yesterday, Con Murphy, the chairman of CLA, asked the court for time to deal with the matter.

He said the organisation was solvent, and that he had only become aware of yesterday's proceedings a few days earlier.

He said there had been confusion because CLA had not been served with the paperwork in relation to Print World's petition.

CLA had moved location last year, though it had not changed its registered address, he added.

In reply to Ms Justice Laffoy, he said the organisation no longer had a charitable status number but he did not know why this had occurred.

Mr Murphy said he had been out on sick leave for about two years and had only recently returned to working for the organisation.

Ms Justice Laffoy said she was going to give the organisation one final chance to pay because the debt was small and due to the type of work Children to Lapland does.

She adjourned the matter to March 6.

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