An organisation that arranges holidays for sick children has been given two weeks by the High Court to pay an outstanding debt of €12,000 or face being wound up.
Today Ms Justice Mary Laffoy told The Children to Lapland Appeal Limited, with a registered address C/O United Travel, 12 Clonkeen Road, Deansgrange, Co Dublin that it must pay a debt to print and design firm Print World Ltd by the start of March or a liquidator would be appointed.
Print World Ltd, with a registered Office at Westlink House Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin had petitioned the court to have the organisation wound up arising out of its failure to pay a debt of €12,452.87. The court heard last November it sought payment of the amount it said it was owed.
That money was not paid within 21 days of the demand being issued. As a result Print World petitioned the High Court to have the company wound up on the grounds it was unable to pay its debts. The matter had been previously listed before the High Court, but was adjourned to yesterday's sitting for final determination.
The Children to Lapland Appeal was set up to provide holiday opportunities for sick children, build confidence in educational achievements, and create a better quality of life for children. It has organised event and trips to places including the US, Thailand, the Middle East as well as visits to Lapland to see Santa.
Today Mr Con Murphy, the Chairman of Children to Lapland Appeal asked the court for time to deal with the matter. He told the court that the organisation was solvent, and that he had only become aware of the yesterday's proceedings few days earlier.
He said that there had been confusion because Children to Lapland had not been served with the paperwork in relation to Print World's petition. Children to Lapland Appeal had moved its location last year, he said, however it had not changed its registered address, he added.
In reply to Ms Justice Laffoy he further told the court that the organisation no longer had a CHY number - which gives the company charitable status. He said he did not know why the this had occurred, and added that he was looking into this matter.
Mr Murphy said he had been out on sick leave for about two years and had only recently returned to working for the organisation.
Agreeing to the adjournment Ms Justice Laffoy said she was going to give the organisation one final chance to pay the debt because the debt was small and due to the type of work Children to Lapland does. The judge adjourned the matter to March 6 next.