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TV STAR EAMONN FORCED TO PAY OFF HOUSE DEBT.

Money-bags telly presenter Eamonn Holmes has been forced to eat humble pie and pay off a long-standing debt...amounting to pounds 1,046.

Eamonn, 37, finally coughed up the loot last week after estate agents Century 21 took him to a small claims court for refusing to pay their fees on a house deal.

Solicitors acting for the Ulster-born breakfast-show presenter also agreed to meet the pounds 40 costs of the adjourned court hearing.

Eamonn, who has signed a pounds 1.5 million deal with GMTV, was not in court to hear that a settlement had been reached in the case.

Amazingly, the court action centred on the house he bought two years ago but never lived in.

Eamonn snapped up the luxury detached bungalow at Seven Mile Straight in Muckamore, Co Antrim, in 1995 for pounds 250,000.

But he was humiliated when wife Gabrielle, 36, refused to budge from their home at Carryduff on the other side of Belfast.

Eamonn was forced to ask Century 21 to put the six-bedroom house on the market again. He had already spent more than pounds 10,000 on installing a special staircase, plus a state-of-the-art alarm system.

But within days of signing the contract he put it up for sale.

And Eamonn was so desperate he also contacted another firm of estate agents, Ulster Property Sales, to try and speed things up.

After last week's hearing at Ballymena County Court a Century 21 spokesman said: "We were very reluctant to bring this action but we felt we had no option.

"Naturally we are delighted at the outcome because, as we said all along, we did introduce Eamonn to the eventual buyer."

Devoted father-of-three Eamonn, who is now separated from his wife, refused to comment yesterday.

But he and mistress Ruth Langsford, 35, are, ironically, now house hunting in London.
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Author:Brady, Joe
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 13, 1997
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