Court orders farm payments withheld

DUO OWE €19,000 TO MOTOR DEALERS

A JUDGE in Wexford Circuit Court has ordered that the Department of Agriculture withhold farm payments due to two farmers who owe over €19,000 to an Enniscorthy motor company.

Simon Kavanagh Motors Ltd. are seeking a preservation order directing the Department not to send out single farm payments to father and son John and Michael Sinnott, Ballinaroad, Oulart until a hearing of the case.

James Peart, B.L. said the motor company obtained a judgement against the defendants for €18,000 plus costs. But the money wasn't paid.

In the Circuit Court last week, he brought an application against the defendants and the Department of Agriculture.

The application is being opposed by a solicitor on behalf of the defendants who asked for time to enter a replying affidavit.

Judge Barry Hickson adjourned the case to November 19 and said that in the meantime, Mr. Peart could notify the Department that it is his wish that they retain the cheque.

The total amount due to Simon Kavanagh Motors is € 19,481 including costs and interest which began when the judgement was made against John Sinnott on March 12, 2012.

The defendants did not appear in court.

Rory Deane, solicitor for the plaintiffs gave evidence of notifying them of the court application by registered post.

He said the postal records showed that the letter was refused.

The defendants are due to be paid single farm payments for 2012 by the Deparment of Agriculture this month.

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