AIB secures €3.8m judgment against Co Clare developers

Bank is entitled to summary judgement on loans to developers in 2011

AIB is entitled to summary judgment for €3.48 million against two businessmen over default on loans and overdraft facilities, the Commercial Court has ruled.

AIB is entitled to summary judgment for €3.48 million against two businessmen over default on loans and overdraft facilities, the Commercial Court has ruled.

 

AIB is entitled to summary judgment for €3.48 million against two businessmen over default on loans and overdraft facilities, the Commercial Court has ruled.

Property developers Patrick Taylor, Moyreisk, Quin, Co Clare, and Garech McGuinness, Whispering Pines, Ennis, also Co Clare, originally got the loans from AIB in 2011. 

After they fell into arrears, the bank demanded repayment in 2015 and later issued the proceedings for summary judgemnt orders.

The men claimed they had an arguable defence to the bank’s claim for summary judgment on gorunds including the original loans were supplanted by a revised 2013 loan agreement.

They claimed the alleged default over the loans was “completely manufactured” by the bank because the men were led to believe by an AIB official the bank was satisfied with obtaining security for the loans over two sites in Ennis as a condition for the revised 2013 facilities.

The bank said the revised agreement never came into effect because the defendants failed to take the necessary steps to create a charge over the Ennis sites which they had offered as security.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern ruled the bank was entitled to judgment.

There was ample evidence to show the 2013 agreement never came into effect, he said.

There was also no meaningful attempt by the men to engage with figures showing the extent of their debt other than that Mr McGuinness swore an affidavit saying they intended to call a financial expert should the matter go to full hearing, the judge said.

Such an assertion went nowhere near meeting the test required to establish a defence to summary judgment, he said.