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Dunnes delay goes to court

THE continuing failure of Dunnes Stores to open an anchor store in Dublin's Point Village has stymied the development of a shopping centre there, lawyers for businessman Harry Crosbie have claimed.

If Dunnes does not quickly move to fit out its store, the shopping centre will not open this year, Mr Crosbie also said in an affidavit to the Commercial Court.

A company of Mr Crosbie's, who the court heard last May negotiated a deal with the UCI/Odeon Group for a cinema at the development, has initiated proceedings against Dunnes arising from its alleged failure to honour agreements to fit-out of the anchor store.

Declan McGrath, for Point Village, applied to Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday to fast-track the case to the Commercial Court which was denied because of the delay in bringing the application.