Ireland: Jedward appear in Court over merchandise dispute

by Eliza-Jane Oliver 60 views

Jedward, who have represented Ireland twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, have appeared in court in Ireland where they were defending themselves over allegations that they owe money in an alleged merchandising deal dating back to 2011.

Patrick Joseph Noonan, an engineer and businessman, says he came into contact with the twins through the cousin of their estranged father, John Grimes Sr., and had various meetings with Jedward and their parents where they agreed to develop merchandise items including a board game, jigsaw puzzles and wristbands.

He says he was to order the items and it was agreed that he would be reimbursed for them. Mr. Noonan was claiming he was facing losses of €625,000.

He also claimed that the merchandise would be promoted by the twins online and through a newspaper column, but this didn’t happen. The merchandise is currently in storage facility in Co Donegal Ireland.

It is said that the relationship between Mr. Noonan and the twins started to go bad in 2012 when it is claimed that some of the wristbands that were ordered by Mr. Noonan had been sold, but not accounted for.

Jedward competing at Eurovision 2011 with their entry Lipstick

Agreement settled

Following a short court session between the 2 parties, it has since been confirmed that the action against the 2 sides has since been settled.

Entering the courtroom in front of a gallery of fans, the Irish duo remained lighthearted as they announced that they had “entered the building”, before it was revealed that the case has been settled.

The case has been adjourned to the 12 December in order to provide time to finalise the terms.

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