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The basement night club at 127 Lower Baggot Street. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The basement night club at 127 Lower Baggot Street. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The basement night club at 127 Lower Baggot Street. Photo: Steve Humphreys

A businesswoman, who denies she ran a nightclub where a naked man tied to a crucifix had his bare bottom whipped, is to appeal a decision of the Dublin County Registrar striking out her bid to join a former manager to legal proceedings against her.

Forensic accountant and landlord Liam Grant has asked the Circuit Civil Court to direct that Hilda Conway forfeit her tenancy of a basement night club at 127 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, which he alleged had been used as a brothel and for staging sadomasochistic practices.

Ms Conway, of Claremont Road, Sandymount, Dublin, denies having been associated with the running of such activities in the club and had brought an application before Registrar Rita Considine last week seeking to attach a former manager Brendan McQuaid, and Baggot Street Bars, to the proceedings aimed at quashing her tenancy.

She claimed if anyone was responsible for such activities it was Mr McQuaid and Baggot Street Bars.

Ms Considine struck out Ms Conway's application last Friday at the request of barrister Martin Canny, counsel for Mr Grant, who said she was not present or legally represented in court in order to make her application.

Mr Grant, of Greenmount House, Harold's Cross, Dublin, alleged in sworn affidavits that sex had been available to buy in the club which he described as a strip club and brothel.

When barrister Andrew Walker, for Ms Conway, appeared in court yesterday to explain why there had been no legal representation on behalf of Ms Conway, Ms Considine said she did not have time to hear any explanation as she had to deal with a very strictly timed list of motions listed in accordance with Covid-19 regulations.

She said an application had been made in the absence of any legal representation on behalf of the applicant. She had been asked to strike it out and she had done so.

Irish Independent