Saturday 20 January 2018

Sin nightclub to be allowed re-open after agreeing to pay €25k in rent arrears

Sin nightclub
Sin nightclub

Tim Healy

THE operators of "Sin" nightclub in Dublin's Temple Bar - who claimed they were unlawfully locked out this week by the landlord - can get back in to open this weekend after they agreed to pay around €25,000 rent arrears by next Monday.

Deviate Taverns Ltd sought a High Court injunction against Gabrielle Whelan, landlord of the Sycamore Street nightclub, after the locks were allegedly changed on Monday/Tuesday and the alarm bypassed.  A forfeiture notice was also posted on the door.

The court heard there is a dispute over rent arrears and over fire safety at the premises.

Ms Justice Deidre Murphy said she was prepared to grant an injunction allowing Deviate repossess the premises on condition that its directors, Ciaran Gray and Paul Griffin, pay Ms Whelan €25,833 in rent arrears due for June and July.  It must be paid by next Monday or the case can come back before the court.

They must also set up a direct debit to ensure payment in advance of each month's rent pending full hearing of the action in which a dispute over what the actual annual rent is will be dealt with, the judge said. 

A further condition of the injunction is that a mezzanine area in the club, about which there is a dispute over fire safety, must remain closed until issues identified by a consultant have been attended to.

The court heard the club, which has been in operation since 2003, employs 23 people and opens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.  

The lease was sold in 2014/15 by a receiver to Ms Whelan.

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