Prosperous builder pledges to clear bill

A Prosperous builder has been given a further six weeks to pay what he owes to the Pensions Board, after he managed to cut the outstanding debt to €23,734.

A Prosperous builder has been given a further six weeks to pay what he owes to the Pensions Board, after he managed to cut the outstanding debt to €23,734.

Liam Johnson, whose address is listed as Killybegs, Prosperous appeared at Naas District Court last Wednesday, October 2.

The court heard that cheques had been lodged to clear the balance but they were in the process of being put through.

Mr. Johnson was a successful builder for many years until Elliots, a company which owed him a significant amount of money, ran into difficulty. At the time, Mr. Johnson was due to pay €176,000 in employer pension contributions to the Construction Workers’ Pension Scheme (CWPS), but with no money forthcoming from Elliots, he was not in a position to pay it.

“There was a crash further up the chain, ” his solicitor explained, when Mr. Johnson appeared in court last June. On that date, the court was informed the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation had withdrawn some of the charges against him.

Mr. Johnson however, still faces 46 counts of not paying the contributions almost every month from January 1, 2007 to December 1, 2010.

The Pensions Board of 28-30 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, is progressing with these charges.

Judge Zaidan told the parties involved that he wanted the outstanding amount cleared by the time the defendant appears again in court.

Mr Johnson’s solicitor said his client had “made every effort to bring this to a conclusion. He is a man who values his honour good reputation.”