Action against ‘Room to Improve’ settled for €100k

Architect Dermot Bannon: Was among those who were sued.

A woman whose south Dublin home featured on RTÉ’s Room to Improve programme has settled her damages claim against presenter architect Dermot Bannon; the show’s producers; and the firm that carried out works on her property.

The home of Mary Moore, of Rathcoole, featured on the architectural renovation TV series in an episode broadcast in July 2009 entitled ‘Rathcoole Gallery’. Works were carried out on her three-bedroom home at a cost of €100,000.

However, Ms Moore was unhappy with what was done to her home and claimed remedial works were required to carry out repairs on her property.

She brought High Court proceedings seeking damages against a number of parties, including Bannon, who trades as Dermot Bannon Architects.

She also sued Kelly O’Connell Developments Ltd, of Timahoe, Co Laois, the principal contractor who carried out the works on her home that featured in the show; a director of the contractor, Brendan O’Connell; and Coco Television Productions Ltd, the company which produces Room to Improve.

The claims were denied.

The case briefly came before Ms Justice Caroline Costello during a vacation sitting of the High Court yesterday. It was told by barrister Peter Shanley, who appeared with solicitor Raymond Quinn, for Ms Moore, that the action had been settled.

He said €100,000 had been lodged into court by Mr Bannon, Mr O’Connell, and Coco TV in February.

Mr Shanley said that while it was Ms Moore’s case the amount lodged did not cover what was required to carry out the necessary remedial works on her home she had agreed to accept the €100,000 by way of settlement.

In order to obtain payment out of monies, an application had to be made to the court, said counsel.

After considering the application Ms Justice Costello consented to the application for payment out in favour of Ms Moore.


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