Thursday 18 January 2018

Former guesthouse in city centre taken over by squatters, court told

The premises on Parnell Street
The premises on Parnell Street

Tim Healy

A FORMER guesthouse in Dublin City Centre has been taken over by squatters, the High Court heard.

The premises in Parnell Street is being used as a cafe and social club called the Barricade Inn, the court was told.

Lawyers for the representatives of the owners, who say it has been illegally occupied since March, told the court the building is "extremely dangerous" and unsafe for occupation.

The owners' representatives have launched proceedings seeking the removal of those in occupation of what is a single premises, made up of part of No 76 as well as all of Nos 77 and 78 Parnell Street.

It was formerly run as a guesthouse by the late Ellen McGuill, who died in 2002.

The action is against a number of as of yet unknown persons.

The court heard the occupiers have set up a Facebook page called "The Barricade Inn" which is "a Squatted Anarchist Social Center" described as "a radical autonomous social centre and info shop" as well listing its opening hours.

Today, lawyers for the executrix of the late Mrs McGuill's estate, and for the company which holds a freehold interest in the property, Vandelure Ltd, said up to 30 squatters are thought to be in occupation.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was told the property had been vacant for many years after Mrs McGuill's death.

The building appears to have an electricity supply.  Since it was taken over by squatters, the care taker has been excluded and cannot gain access, lawyers said.

Dublin City Council have also raised their concerns, the court also heard.

The court heard part of number 76 belonged to the late Ms  McGuill.  The ground floor of Number 76 is owned by another party.

Nos. 77 and 78 Parnell were inherited by the late Ms McGuill when her husband died.

She acquired the freehold interest of those two properties through Vandelure Ltd, which was incorporated in 1986.

Mr Justice Gilligan granted the plaintiffs permission to serve short notice of the injunction proceedings on those allegedly occupying the premises.

The application was made ex-parte (one side only represented).

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