Bluebird Care has acquired the Irish master franchise business from Clemac Home Care Services after resolving a legal dispute with the company.
The home care provider said Bluebird Care franchise owners in Ireland will be more directly connected to the wider franchise network, which includes the UK, and will have access to wide-ranging support and services available to them.
Wayne Smith, acting managing director at Bluebird Care, said: “We are very much looking forward to extending our award-winning support services to the team in the Republic of Ireland, so that they can continue to provide the highest standards of care to customers in their own homes, now during Covid-19, and in the future.”
The court was told that Bluebird Care had said it intended to terminate the agreement due to alleged misconduct by Clemac.
Clemac claimed the allegations were “without substance” and that the decision to terminate the agreement came about after the Irish firm’s director Brian MacGoey refused to sell his shares in the company to Bluebird’s American parent.
Bluebird Care told HCI that the issue has now been resolved and MacGoey has left the company.
“Bluebird Care Franchises Limited (Bluebird Care) and Clemac Home Care Services Ltd (Clemac) have reached a settlement in which all matters between the parties have been fully resolved,” said Smith.
“Brian MacGoey has now fully exited the business and we take this opportunity to wish Brian well into the future.”