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Friday 25 April 2014

Quinn pub at centre of rent row

The operator of The Barge Inn, a landmark pub once owned by former billionaire Sean Quinn, has got a temporary injunction preventing its removal.

The Barge Inn Ltd, a company owned by publican Philip Hickey, was granted the injunction until May 10 against Quinn Hospitality Ireland Operations Three Ltd, a company controlled by IBRC, formerly Anglo Irish Bank. A dispute is understood to have arisen between both sides over a proposed rent increase.

The Barge, which is situated on the banks of the Grand Canal in south Dublin, is a popular summer watering hole for workers in the local area. IBRC took over ownership of The Barge and a portfolio of other pubs on foot of debts owed by Quinn.

The pubs are owned on the bank's behalf by a firm called Quinn International Property Management (QIPM).

Last November QIPM took over two former Quinn Group pubs in Dublin – Drumcondra's Cat and Cage and Messrs Maguire on Burgh Quay. This move was not disputed.

Eoin Quinlan, the landlord of another iconic Dublin pub, Quinns of Drumcondra, virtually barricaded himself into his premises after IBRC tried to seize control of it.

This row is thought to have since been resolved.

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