Monday 11 December 2017

Newspaper seller has pitch secured for life after court clears up row

George Davis has sold millions of papers in the last 40 years. Photo: Collins
George Davis has sold millions of papers in the last 40 years. Photo: Collins

Ray Managh

A vendor may sell newspapers at the entrance to a shopping centre for the rest of his life following a dispute, a judge has declared.

Judge Francis Comerford said George Davis could operate on the tiled area between the public footpath and the side doors of the Dún Laoghaire shopping centre, Dublin.

The judge said the centre's owners Coltard were bound by way of a constructive trust which allowed Mr Davis to continue his operation.

Mr Davis had to wait four days to see if he was to be turfed off his newspaper sales pitch. On Tuesday, Judge Francis Comerford had adjourned his decision until yesterday.

Mr Davis has sold millions of papers over almost 40 years from a four-wheeled buggy at the main entrance doors to the south Dublin shopping centre.

The court heard last week he had been told to "push off" from the area.

The decision hung on the court's attitude to evidence of a purported contract "agreed" by barristers John Peart, now a senior counsel, and Mary Finlay, now Appeal Court Judge Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan.

Judge Comerford was told in the Circuit Civil Court that solicitors involved in a late 1970s bid to shift Mr Davis from his George's Street site had been struck out by the High Court.

Irish Independent

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