What gives here? Last Monday Justice Mary Laffoy ordered that Donal Rigney be jailed in Mountjoy for contempt of court:
Source: NewstalkOrdering his committal to Mountjoy Prison for contempt of court Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy said it was impossible to believe anything Donal Rigney said.
The businessman made personal guarantees on an unpaid loan of €1.9 million and has so far failed to comply with a court order last May directing him to hand over his assets in Dubai comprising of 17 construction machines.
Rigney admits lying about his assets in court on a previous occasion but now says that only 4 of the machines are in his control as the others were unlawfully taken and are now the subject of criminal proceedings.
Lombard [the financial institution that is owed the money] suspects the machines are in fact being hired out to facilitate a lucrative building contract in Oman. The businessman will have to stay in jail until he hands over the assets to their rightful owner.
But today it transpires, much to the High Court's suprise, that Rigney hasn't been jailed.
Source: Midlands Radio (also featured on Newstalk - no link yet)The High Court is demanding an explanation as to why a Co Offaly businessman has not been jailed for breaching a court order.
Donal Rigney who runs a Tool and Plant Hire business in Tullamore, was to be committed to Mountjoy prison last Monday after defaulting on a 1.9 million euro debt to financial institution Lombard Ireland Ltd.
Mr. Rigney was supposed to have been jailed last Monday for defying a court order in May directing him to hand over his assets in Dubai to creditor Lombard Ireland.
When it emerged in the course of the hearing that Donal Rigney is still a free man, Ms Justice Maureen Clarke called it a flagrant disregard of her colleague's order – she's asked both parties to give her an explanation as to why he's not in prison
Anyone got the low-down on this Rigney guy? How connected is he? Is he another one of those people who thinks he's above the law? Any idea why he wasn't jailed as instructed?