Wednesday 22 November 2017

Shareholders of popular Dublin nightclub in business row, court hears

High Court judge Mr Justice Brian McGovern
High Court judge Mr Justice Brian McGovern

A businessman involved in a well-known Dublin nightspot and restaurant claims he has been excluded from the premises by his partners, the High Court heard.

Paul McGlade, who last year acquired an interest in the Pygmalion on South William Street, claims that as part of that agreement he took over the running of the business.

However, in recent weeks. he claims he has been effectively been put and excluded from Pygmalion by his fellow shareholders, brothers Jay and Tim Bourke.

Arising out of this, Mr McGlade and two companies involved in the operation of the bar/restaurant- Fellerim Ltd and Lintrath Holdings Ltd, have launched High Court proceedings against Jonathan Jay Bourke, Leinster Road, Rathmines, Dublin, and Tim Bourke, of Stable Lane, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin and against Pygmalion Public House Ltd.

Mr McGlade wants various injunctions, pending the full trial of the action, directing that he be returned to the management of the business.

He also seeks orders restraining the Bourkes from preventing him entering or from changing the locks on the premises.

Previously, Mr McGlade, of Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, secured permission from the High Court to serve short notice of his proceedings against the Bourkes and Pygmalion Ltd.

The matter was briefly mentioned again before Mr Justice Brian McGovern at the High Court yesterday.

Patricia Dillon SC, for Mr McGlade,  told the court there was an urgency in having her client's case heard as soon as possible.

Mr McGlade had been "put out of the premises" and the locks had been changed, she said

Patrick McCann SC, for the defendants, said his clients needed time to respond to the action, which he said "was a dispute between shareholders".  Counsel accepted the case was urgent from Mr McGlade's perspective.

Mr Justice McGovern adjourned the matter to allow sides exchange documents. The case was listed for hearing in July.

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