The small claim process is very simple and it should be pursued.
You should write to the client and tell them this and that you want your money back in 14 days otherwise you will sue. I attach a template letter you can use to tailor to your situation. Paragraph 2 in the letter is not relevant so you can take that out.
You can use the Court Service Online website to start a claim against the client.
The fee to start the claim is 25 euro and this is added on to the amount which you paid to the client.
You will need to register as a new user at https://www.csol.ie/ccms/welcome.html
Once you have done that, the Small Claims Registrar serves the court documents upon the defendant. If the defendant disputes the claim then the Registrar sends you a copy of the response.
The Registrar will try to resolve the claim for you both - if it does not resolve then the Registrar will pass the claim to the nearest District Court (yours is at Four Courts, Smithfields, Dublin) where in most cases the dispute is decided on paper but the judge may decide to list a hearing in case the papers do not enable them to make a decision.
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