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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Nine-foot fence erected in part of grounds of Mount Wolseley hotel resort in ongoing dispute, High Court hears

Published 16/07/2014 | 18:19

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Mount Wolselely hotel and golf resort
Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort.

A NINE-foot fence has been erected in part of the grounds of the Mount Wolseley hotel resort in Carlow in an ongoing dispute over efforts to save the venue from going into receivership, the High Court heard.

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The fence delineates the grounds attached to the hotel and the area owned by Donal and Breda Morrissey who live in the adjoining Mount Wolseley House and whose companies operated the hotel before it went into examinership.

The Morrisseys are in dispute with the examiner after their refinancing proposals to get the hotel out of trouble were rejected in favour of a €7.5m investment plan by Brehon Capital which has also invested in the Mount Juliet Hotel in Kilkenny.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Peter Kelly adjourned until next week a decision on whether to confirm the examiner's survival plan involving Brehon after hearing about the latest dispute in which the nine foot fence had been erected.

Donal Morrissey had said in an affidavit it would not be possible for the new owners to hold wedding functions because of the dispute over the grounds.

The judge adjourned the matter to allow the examiner and Brehon to file replying affidavits to Mr Morrissey.

He said he had hoped to make a decision on the survival plan yesterday in order to let the 175 employees of the hotel "know where they stand".  

In view of the the last minute issues raised by Mr Morrissey, the judge said he had to give the examiner an opportunity to address these matters and he extended court protection for the business until next week.

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