The Dublin solicitor, whose practice collapsed last month with debts of €47.5 million, has seen his wedding car service, Golden Events, shut down by the Law Society.
The first some brides knew of the closure was through a message on the phone line for the service.
It states: “You have reached Bentley Chauffeur Drive and Golden Events both of which are owned by Thomas Byrne of Thomas Byrne and Company Solicitors which on October 22 was taken over and closed by the Law Society of Ireland. Bentley Chauffeur Drive and Golden Events are no longer trading. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”
Wedding chatrooms have received a number of entries from women who received a letter on Friday saying the car they were relying upon was not now going to be available.
Kathleen, a caller to RTÉ’s Liveline told how two years ago she and her daughter went to a wedding fair in the Point Theatre and her daughter booked her car with Golden Events.
“She was ringing all last week and could not get through, but she got through last Thursday and it was an answering machine saying the Law Society had closed it down because Thomas Byrne solicitor owned it. They closed it down on October 22. They said it had been closed down and there was no car. She got a letter on Friday saying ‘sorry for the inconvenience’. She did not get her €50 deposit back.”
Another caller to the programme, Eoin, said he had found himself in a similar position.
The defunct company was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Another chauffeur company, Golden Events Chauffeur Services, said it had been inundated with calls from people concerned that it had closed and it moved to assure people it remained open for business.
Thomas Byrne’s practice, Thomas Byrne & Company, Walkinstown Road, Dublin, has been closed by the Law Society.
He is alleged to have multi-million euro liabilities and is being pursued by several banks for allegedly taking out multiple mortgages on the same properties.