Donegal woman sues former best friends over loan dispute of €280,000


first_imgA Donegal woman has sued a couple who were formerly her best friends, claiming a sum of €280,000 she gave to them was a loan – and not a gift, as they maintain.The sum was part of €750,000 secured by Ballyshannon woman Fidelma Kerrigan in 2010 over serious personal injuries she suffered in a road accident in 2002 in which her father died, the High Court heard. It is claimed Ms Kerrigan, as a result of her father’s death and her injuries, was deeply depressed when, two weeks after getting the compensation in August 2010, she handed over €280,000 to John and Jacqueline Keenaghan.She claims it was to help them set up a counselling business or until Mr Keenaghan, an architect, had completed projects. It is alleged Ms Keenaghan was crying as she feared for their home.Independent.ie report that couple have since had their business set up but have not repaid Ms Kerrigan, who is now on social welfare payments, the court was told.The case opened this week before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy who said it was “never too late” to consider an agreed rather than imposed outcome.She said these “unhappy events” were reminiscent of what Shakespeare said: “Neither a borrower nor lender be.”Ms Kerrigan (59), of Benildus Avenue, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, claims it was agreed at all times the money was a short-term loan.The defendants, of Rathmore, Ballyshannon, say the money was a gift and deny exercising undue influence over Ms Kerrigan.In cross-examination by Desmond Murphy SC, for the defendants, Celine Kerrigan, sister of Ms Kerrigan, denied she had supported the view the money was a gift.A consultant psychiatrist, Dr Mary Maguire, said Ms Kerrigan had said Ms Keenaghan kept asking her about her personal injury claim and allegedly kept telling her the Keenaghan family were going to lose their home and could not afford to eat.When Ms Kerrigan gave the money, she was on medication and had been hurt when Ms Keenaghan had gone on holidays to the US.Dr Maguire said Ms Kerrigan came across as “naive”, “childlike” and “very caring”.The doctor believed Ms Kerrigan had so many problems mentally and physically at the time, she would be susceptible to emotional distress she perceived in another person.Donegal woman sues former best friends over loan dispute of €280,000 was last modified: November 12th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannonFidelma KerriganHIGH COURTLoanlast_img

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