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Sheriff visited Mansfield hotel to seize goods

THE DUBLIN County Sheriff visited Jim Mansfield's Citywest Hotel on several occasions in the past two years, it has emerged.

County sheriff officials went to Citywest a number of times with separate court orders to seize goods to the value of many thousands of euro, it is understood.

However, on each occasion, Mr Mansfield's company HSS, which runs the complex, paid up.

At one stage, the sheriff's officers arrived out at Citywest with trucks with the intention of taking goods away, a source told the Herald.

But the money was "always paid".

In recent weeks, the sheriff came "very close to seizing" items but the money -- thought to be €25,000 on that occasion -- was eventually forthcoming, the source said.

A spokeswoman for Mr Mansfield told the Herald that "no one" at Citywest "knows anything about [the visits of county sheriff officials]".

Last Tuesday, a receiver was appointed to Citywest Hotel, Golf Club and Convention Centre on foot of a request from Bank of Scotland (Ireland).

About 400 people are employed at the complex.

The hotel, in Saggart, Co Dublin, has been open for 18 years.

The hotel's chief executive Sean Whelan described the move as premature and said they were considering their legal options.

Mr Whelan said the hotel was still in negotiations with what he called a substantial investor to buy the entire property.

It is believed that HSS owes Bank of Scotland (Ireland) €180m.

Another luxury property run by Mr Mansfield also went into receivership. Finnstown Country House, which Mr Mansfield bought in 2007, suffered the same fate as Citywest.

comurphy@herald.ie


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