AN exhibition expected to attract over 18,000 people to one of the country's biggest convention centres has been cancelled because the venue does not have a relevant fire certificate.
The three-day computer games expo was due to go ahead at the 90,000sqm Citywest Convention Centre from October 29 to 31.
However, while the venue at Saggart, Co Dublin, has a fire certificate to cover events of a certain size, it needs further accreditation from the fire brigade for an event that could draw the numbers expected at the end of the month.
The existing certificate allows for 4,200 people on one floor of the centre at a given time but the organisers of the event expected up to 8,000 to attend the conference each day.
An application for a new fire certificate to cover larger numbers of attendees at the venue has been submitted to Dublin Fire Brigade and is currently being assessed by the authorities.
However, it is not known how long the accreditation will take.
The organisers of the Gamer Expo confirmed yesterday that all efforts will be made to ensure the event will take place either at the Citywest venue or an alternative location in the future. They also said that any tickets already paid for will be refunded and exhibitors will be reimbursed their deposits.
The centre, which was placed into receivership by Bank of Scotland (Ireland) earlier this year, is owned by businessman Jim Mansfield.
His high-profile Citywest Hotel and golf complex was also put into receivership last July by the bank.
Prior to the receivership, rumours of financial difficulties at Citywest had circulated for some time but Mr Mansfield had always brushed them away.
His value was estimated at €1.7bn before the collapse of the property market but this year it dropped to €120m.