Court judgement challenged in Matchmaker case

A woman who runs The Happy Matchmaker dating agency is appealing a judge’s order that she give a dissatisfied client files for court proceedings against her.

Happy Matchmaker boss Mary Mitchell of Ballintra, Co. Donegal, has been accused of failing to check out men introduced to Annemarie McBrearty..

Ms McBrearty is suing Ms Mitchell for €6,348.99 for negligence, breach of duty and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Ms McBrearty, of Oldtown, Letterkenny, claims that she paid €600 for 12 “introductions” last January. The agency had advertised that “each prospective suitor” would be appropriately screened.

Ms McBrearty has claimed at Donegal District Court that it became clear after four introductions that the “prospective suitors” had not been vetted or screened in any way.

She claimed that as a result she was “groped, assaulted and battered without lawful excuse.”

Last month Donegal District Court made an order that Ms Mitchell provide to Ms McBrearty details of the addresses of the men she was introduced to by the agency.

When the case was again called today(Wed) Judge Kevin Kilrane was told an appeal had been lodged in the higher Circuit Court against the order of his colleague Judge Denis McLoughlin.

Judge Kilrane was told the appeal was listed for hearing at Donegal Circuit Court in March.

The District Court case was further adjourned until April 7 pending the outcome of the appeal