Receiver looks to keep pub licence at Limerick city development

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

THE RECEIVER of the assets of Limerick property developer Michael Daly is looking to retain a pub licence at one of the businessman’s schemes at Bedford Row.

THE RECEIVER of the assets of Limerick property developer Michael Daly is looking to retain a pub licence at one of the businessman’s schemes at Bedford Row.

Billy O’Riordan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, made the application to renew the licence before Judge Eugene O’Kelly at Limerick District Court.

Insp Seamus Ruane, Roxboro Road Garda Station, said the state had difficulty with the application in that the licence, last held by the Bitter End Ltd, expired on September 30, 2011. The pub has been vacant since.

“You cannot extend or transfer something that is no longer in existence,” Insp Ruane told the judge.

Kate O’Brien, solicitor for Mr O’Riordan, said the application was to “extend the licence for commercial purposes” to protect the value of the Daly assets.

She told Judge O’Kelly it was established in law that a pub licence does not “die” until one year after expiry.

Mr O’Riordan told the court he had acted as receiver to numerous pub and restaurant businesses over the years.

Judge O’Kelly said he was satisfied Mr O’Riordan was a person fit to hold a licence but was not prepared to grant it until he heard the point of law in full.

He proposed to adjourn the matter to the annual Limerick licensing court on September 27 but after Ms O’Brien expressed concern that might be too late, Judge O’Kelly assented to hear the matter on September 20.