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Sunday 17 December 2017

Sheridan locked in €4m fight over his 'leaky' home

SUING: Director facing 'financial problems'

TALKS are continuing in a High Court case brought by film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran over alleged defects in works to their luxury seafront home.

The Sheridans claim they are facing serious financial problems arising out of the alleged defective works to Martha's Vineyard, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Dublin.

They have brought a €4m lawsuit against several companies involved in the project, including architects and structural engineers, claiming the works have resulted in water seeping into their home over a number of years. The claims are denied. Before the case was due to open yesterday, John Gordon, appearing for an architectural firm that is one of the eight defendants in the case, asked for time for discussions.

Later yesterday, Mr Justice Brian McGovern was told by Eoin McCullough for the Sheridans, that while some progress had been made in the talks, the position would be clearer later today as to whether the case would start or not. The judge adjourned the case, which is listed for six weeks, until today.

The Sheridans intended that Martha's Vineyard -- designed as a four-bedroom house with its own seawater swimming pool - would be "one of the finest and most spectacular coastal properties in Ireland", the court heard last March.

However, they claim that as a result of alleged negligence and breach of contract, the property suffers from extensive water ingress which has resulted in substantial damage and frustrated efforts to sell it.





Mortgages

Their €4m claim includes the cost of works to address the water problem and another €2m for estimated reduction in the value of the property due to that problem.

The Sheridans claim they could have sold it for €7 million in 2007 but two potential purchasers, who were aware of the water problem, had pulled out because it was not resolved. The couple claim they are now servicing two mortgages for "two exceptionally expensive properties" -- the Dalkey property and their other property at St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge. If the Dalkey problem is not concluded soon, their financial position "will be unsustainable with very serious consequences", they said.

The case is being taken against Simon Hollingworth and Associates Ltd, Amsterdam Road, London; De Blacam and Meagher Architects, St Catherine's Lane West, Dublin; Cementaid (UK) Ltd, Crawley, West Sussex; and Cementaid, Clifton House Lower, Lower Fitzwilliam St, Dublin.

It is also against Moortown Construction, with offices at Bradford, West Yorkshire; Moortown Construction (Ireland) Ltd, Churchfield, Tourmakeady, Co Mayo; and Walsh & Goodfellow, Consulting and Structural Engineers, Adelaide Chambers, Peter Street, Dublin.

An eighth defendant, Gilmac Building Services Ltd, of Melton Street, London, has been in liquidation since 2007 and judgment has already been obtained against it, the court heard.

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