A Northern Ireland heart charity is facing a £10,000 bill from a Government department in a row over an advertising hoarding.
The Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association agreed with the Department for Regional Development (DRD) to allow a hoarding to be erected on the wall outside the charity's head office overlooking a Government car park.
The charity initially agreed to give 50 per cent of the income from the rental of the hoarding to the DRD. But the Government department claims it is owed money for arrears and licence fees dating back to 1999.
The DRD has now taken the association to court to recover its share of the profits.
Andrew Dougal, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, said the case could cost the organisation £10,000 even before legal costs are taken into account.
"This is not just bureaucracy gone mad - it's an assault on the money which we use to change people's lives."