Judge urges duo to settle out of court
JUDGE Donnchadh O Buachalla urged two solicitors to assist opposing clients in a small claims case to settle their differences out of court.
Judge O Buachalla was dealing with a case in which Diarmuid O Sullivan, a vet of 2, Mill Road, Bunclody is suing farmer/builder Liam Kelly of Glaslacken, Bunclody, for €992.15 arising from an unpaid veterinary bill.
In turn, Mr. Kelly is claiming €965 off Mr. O' Sullivan in respect of unpaid rent on a premises.
Adjourning the case for three months, Judge O Buachalla urged Martin Lawlor, solicitor for Mr. O'Sullivan and Peter Creane, for Mr. Kelly 'to settle these matters in the interests of your clients. They're in dispute over €900. I'm putting the case back to another day in the hope that these matters can be resolved. They should be resolved'.
Mr. Creane said the issue had been aired before Judge Coughlan who decided that they should proceed together in the District Court. He said Mr. Kelly's contention was that he was entitled to set off the vet's bill against rent due on a premises.
'But they are two distinct and separate matters and for some reason, they have been linked', commented the Judge.
After hearing an outline of the case, Judge O Buachalla urged the solicitors to organise a settlement.