Co Council takes Mayor to court over property deal

Longford County Council has issued High Court proceedings against Longford County Mayor, Cllr Frank Kilbride and his business partner Enda Sheridan.

Longford County Council has issued High Court proceedings against Longford County Mayor, Cllr Frank Kilbride and his business partner Enda Sheridan.

Listed in the action is Longford town law firm, FJ Gearty & Co, Mondora Ltd, Cllr Kilbride as well as his business partner in Mondora, Enda Sheridan.

A spokesman from the Irish Courts Service confirmed papers have been filed, but said the case was still very much in its early stages.

It’s understood the dispute dates back to a deal signed a number of years ago when Longford County Council agreed to buy a number of houses in a development in Granard from Mondora Ltd. Mondora Ltd is now in receivership.

Castlerea based legal firm, Dermot MacDermott and Company has been appointed by the County Council to represent them. “There has been nothing before the courts yet,” a representative of the Courts Service told the Longford Leader last week.

It is believed that Mondora constructed a housing development in Granard and entered into a deal with the County Council. Longford County Council’s 2007 Annual Report showed that 21 units for social housing in the development were deemed to be “in progress” at the end of that year.

In July 2010, ACC Bank appointed Sonya Tighe of FGS accountancy firm as receiver to Mondora with records filed with the Companies Registration Office showing six houses were seized in the Granard development.

It’s not known when the case is likely to come before a sitting of the High Court.

One week after Longford County Council issued proceedings in this case, ACC lodged a separate High Court action against Cllr Kilbride, Mr Sheridan, Mondora and FJ Gearty & co. Details of the action being taken by Longford County Council comes less than two months after Cllr Kilbride formally took over as the Mayor of Co Longford.