Ganley agrees to pay candidate's expenses
Declan Ganley has agreed to pay the 2009 European Election expenses of Co Louth beef and cereal farmer Raymond O’Malley, a court heard yesterday.
Mr O’Malley, who failed to get elected, sued Mr Ganley in the Circuit Civil Court for €35,366. He claimed Mr Ganley had agreed to pay his expenses if he became a Libertas party candidate.
Barrister Pádraig D Lyons, counsel for Mr O’Malley, of Purcellstown House, Ardee, Co Louth, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane his client was seeking summary judgment against Mr Ganley but the matter had been settled. It had been agreed between the parties that the settlement figure would be paid in two payments between now and the end of February together with an agreed sum towards Mr O’Malley’s legal costs.
Judge Linnane, who adjourned the hearing briefly until the terms of settlement were lodged in the court file, put the summary judgment application back for mention on March 6th next.
Mr O’Malley polled 18,557 first preference votes and was eliminated on the third count.