Monday 18 December 2017

Chef Roddy Hickson to be given €35k compensation by Dublin City Council to quit Temple Bar flat

Crampton Buildings Temple Bar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Crampton Buildings Temple Bar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

By Ray Managh

Award winning chef and restaurateur Roddy Hickson, who owns properties in Wexford and the United States, is to be given €35,000 compensation by Dublin City Council for him, his wife and their son to quit his Temple Bar council flat.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane today gave the local authority orders for possession for 17 Crampton Buildings, Asdill’s Row, Dublin 2 against Ormond Rhodes Hickson, Mrs Maureen Hickson and Julian Hickson.

The judge said in the Circuit Civil Court that while the Council was entitled to possession following service of a valid notice to quit on the Hickson family for renovation purposes, the tenant alone, Ormond Rhodes Hickson, was entitled under law to compensation which she measured at €35,000.

Barrister Luan O Braonain, S.C., who appeared with Paul Coughlan for the local authority, said Mr Hickson was one of 54 tenants in the 100-year-old Crampton Buildings complex which the council wished to re-develop into 28 two-bedroom apartments for social housing purposes.

Mr O Braonain said the council had gained possession of the other 53 “flats” in the complex and intended next month to begin a €4million scheme of refurbishment. Contracts had been signed and contractors put in readiness to begin work on August 8 next.

Frank Lambe, senior executive officer with the council, said the new apartments would be returned to those former tenants who had been temporarily re-housed elsewhere and who wished to return to Crampton Buildings which was just across the road from the Old Dubliner Pub in Temple Bar.  Any spare apartments would be made available to those on the council’s housing list. 

He said Mr Hickson was not entitled to social housing as he owned two properties, including Papa Rhodes Restaurant and a two-bed apartment in Gorey, Co Wexford, and a property in the United States.

Papa Rhodes Restaurant and a two-bed apartment in Gorey is currently for sale on by Warren Estates, Gorey, with an asking price of €275,000.

Mr Hickson claimed his original lease to his apartment had been acquired on the open market  in 1988, ten years before the council had acquired Crampton Buildings.

Judge Linnane, granting the council a possession order, said Mr Hickson had claimed compensation of €572,825 for the purpose of purchasing a replacement two-bedroom apartment in the City Centre, preferably close to a Luas stop.

She said he was not entitled to a new tenancy and awarded him compensation of €30,000 with a further €5,000 to cover the cost of general disturbance and removal expenses.

When Mr Hickson asked for a stay pending consideration of an appeal to the High Court, Judge Linnane said that before taking a further step he should take into account the number of people on very long waiting lists in need of social housing in Dublin.

“You have alternative accommodation.  Nonetheless I will give a stay until 1st September when the cheque for €35,000 will be paid over by the Council,” Judge Linnane said.

Mr Hickson, when told the Council would not seek its legal costs should there be no appeal, said: “That’s the end of the matter.  It will not go any further.”

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