THE RECEIVER of the assets of Limerick property developer Michael Daly is looking to retain a pub licence at one of the businessmanâ€™s schemes at Bedford Row.
Billy Oâ€™Riordan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, made the application to renew the licence before Judge Eugene Oâ€™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.
â€œYou cannot extend or transfer something that is no longer in existence,â€ Insp Ruane told the judge.
Kate Oâ€™Brien, solicitor for Mr Oâ€™Riordan, said the application was to â€œextend the licence for commercial purposesâ€ to protect the value of the Daly assets.
She told Judge Oâ€™Kelly it was established in law that a pub licence does not â€œdieâ€ until one year after expiry.
Mr Oâ€™Riordan told the court he had acted as receiver to numerous pub and restaurant businesses over the years.
Judge Oâ€™Kelly said he was satisfied Mr Oâ€™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 Oâ€™Brien expressed concern that might be too late, Judge Oâ€™Kelly assented to hear the matter on September 20.