Friday 28 November 2014

Nightclub boss covers part of music fine to avoid jail

Ray Managh and Brian Byrne

Published 08/07/2014 | 02:30

Ciaran Gray pictured leaving the Four Courts after a Civil Court action. Pic: Collins Courts
Ciaran Gray pictured leaving the Four Courts after a Civil Court action. Pic: Collins Courts

THE owner of Sin Nightclub & Bar in Dublin narrowly avoided jail after a court allowed him to retrieve a bank draft to cover his fine.

Ciaran Gray, of Balrothery Estate, Tallaght, Co Dublin, had been sued by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) for failure to pay royalties for songs and music played at his Temple Bar nightclub.

The IMRO had obtained judgment for €1,880 against Pcard Taverns Limited, trading as Sin Nightclub, and its two directors Mr Gray and Paul Griffin, but the money was never paid.

Counsel for the IMRO, David Griffin, said the organisation had also obtained an injunction restraining the unlicensed playing of music at the venue.

At a hearing yesterday, the IMRO brought a motion against both directors, seeking committal to prison for non-payment of the fine.

Mr Gray paid half the amount yesterday with a banker's draft following an adjournment, with the remainder due within a fortnight.

Mr Gray told the Irish Independent: "We had an irregularity on our account with IMRO. We liaised with IMRO staff to bring it back into line, and we look forward to working with them in future."

Irish Independent

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