Publican Murphy could face prison
WELL-KNOWN publican John Murphy is due to be escorted to the High Court by gardai on Friday to explain why he should not be jailed for failing to hand over his premises to a bank-appointed receiver.
Mr. Murphy, who owns Colfers Pub in Carrig-on-Bannow, had previously given an undertaking to hand over possession of the premises to receiver Stephen Tennant, of Grant Thornton.
Mr Tennant was appointed by ACC Bank in October after Mr Murphy failed to satisfy a demand for the repayment of €409,000 it claims it is owed by the publican.
In proceedings against Mr Murphy and his wife Teresa, who was not present in court last week, ACC and Mr Tennant, who intends to sell the pub, claim the receiver has being prevented from taking possession.
Rossa Fanning, for ACC and Mr Tennant, said Mr Murphy had failed to comply with an undertaking given on his and his wife's behalf before the High Court last June to hand over possession.
Counsel said the receiver's agents had been met with resistance by a large group of people at the pub.
Counsel said the Murphys were playing 'ducks and drakes with the court.'
An application to have Mr Murphy committed to prison for his alleged non compliance with the undertaking has been brought, counsel added.
Mr Justice Gilligan said in light of Mr Murphy's alleged failure to comply with a previous court order, he was making an order directing gardai to bring him before the court on July 25.
The judge made no order in relation to Mrs Murphy as she was not present in court when the undertaking was given by her husband.