I bought a house in 2013 in Ireland, all well and good.
Before everything went ahead, I got a structural survey (recommended, not mandatory).
Conversation with the surveyor went as follows:
Me: I want a survey on my house please
Him: No problem, it costs x. I will do it, then send you the invoice, and release results once payment received
So it was delayed by 2 weeks or so before he actually got back to me and said he was doing it in the next few days. So I thought grand. Another week elapsed and I followed up and he said sorry there was a delay, I will send over the survey asap. Another week followed, and I eventually got the survey.
Even though he didn't mention any payment, he sent me the survey. So I emailed him and said can I have your bank details please and I will transfer the money for the work done. I never heard back.
5 years later, he has now emailed me and said he was going through his accounts and noticed I never paid him for it (which is true). So he resent me the invoice, and his bank details.
To be honest, at this stage I had forgotten all about it, and I know it's not a huge amount of money, but I'm not currently in a position to pay it.
Is it still legal to send invoices this long from the past?