Sunday 17 December 2017

Group of alleged squatters given two weeks by High Court to leave guesthouse property

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Tim Healy

A group of alleged squatters have been given two weeks by the High Court to leave a former Dublin City Centre guesthouse property.

The premises, formerly Neary's Guesthouse in Parnell Street, has been occupied since last March and had been turned into a cafe and social club called the "Barricade Inn".

Last October, the owners sought a High Court injunction preventing trespass on the property which, it was claimed, was in an extremely dangerous condition.

Today, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted the owners of the property an injunction requiring those in occupation to leave within 14 days.

The case was brought against a number of unknown people by Mary Bergin, executrix of the estate of the owner of the guesthouse, Ellen McGuill, who died in 2002.

It was also brought by a company called Vandelure Ltd which holds the freehold interest in the property.

The property had been vacant for many years after Mrs McGuill's death, and is currently up for sale.

After the matter first came before the court, a solicitor for one of the occupants raised queries as to the status of the Vandelure company and its directors.

The judge was told that issue has since been resolved.

Counsel for the man who had raised the query over the company said his client was consenting to the injunction against him, on terms including there would be a two week stay and that no costs order be made against him.

Mr Justice Gilligan was satisfied was satisfied to grant the injunction which compels all those with knowledge of the order to vacate and remove their belongings and any other items stored in the premises.

He agreed to put a stay on his order for 14 days.

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