Publican Murphy to seek legal advice
CONTEMPT proceedings against a south Wexford publican arising out of his failure to hand over his bar to a bank-appointed receiver have been adjourned to allow the bar owner obtain legal advice.
John Murphy, who owns the well-known music venue Colfers Pub, in Carrig-on-Bannow, was brought before the High Court on Friday by gardai to explain to why he had not complied with an undertaking to hand over peaceful possession of the pub to the receiver Stephen Tennant, of Grant Thornton.
The undertaking was given last March and the handover was due to take place in late June.
Rossa Fanning, barrister for the receiver, said his client was being prevented from taking over the premises by a large group of people who had congregated outside the pub.
Two weeks ago Mr Justice Paul Gilligan made an order directing the gardai to have Mr Murphy, after he failed to appear at court, brought before the court to explain why he had not complied with his undertaking.
On Friday, Mr Murphy, a publican of some 19 years, apologised for his previous non-appearance at court.
He did not have any legal representation in the matter, adding his interests were being handled by a company called 'Tuskar Properties Ltd.', but he now realised he was 'out of his depth'.
The court was informed by barrister Carol Doherty that a solicitor was now prepared to represent Mr. Murphy, but that time was needed.
Mr Justice Gilligan said he was prepared to adjourn the matter to Wednesday (July 30) to allow Mr Murphy get the benefit of legal advice.