Council granted court orders against Limerick ratepayers

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick City and County Council was granted a number of court orders against ratepayers
LIMERICK City and County Council has secured court orders against a number of businesses and landlords who have not paid commercial rates.

LIMERICK City and County Council has secured court orders against a number of businesses and landlords who have not paid commercial rates.

The local authority has initiated proceedings against several ratepayers and 24 cases were listed before the district court last Friday.

Solicitor Ger Reidy said each of the ratepayers had been served with a “six day notice” earlier this year requiring that the outstanding monies be paid.

However, he said because monies were still owed the council was applying for a “court warrant for recovery by distress”.

As each case was called a revenue collector gave evidence relating to the specific ratepayer and their circumstances.

In one case, Judge Marian O’Leary was told that a Galway-based landlord, who owns a premises in the city centre has not paid commercial rates since 2011 and that a total of €36,561.55 is outstanding.

The judge granted the application but noting that talks are ongoing, she put a stay of four months on the order.

An order was also granted against a Roscommon-based landlord, who owns a vacant building at Wickham Street.

In that case, the court was told there has been “no engagement” and no offer to pay the €1,151.98 which is owed.

An order for €9,353.81 was made against a businessman who previously ran a food business in Raheen while an order for €12,131 was made against a nursing home in County Limerick. In both cases, Judge O’Leary was told the ratepayers had informed the local authority they could not afford to pay.

Another order related to a pub on the outskirts of the city which owes €23,630.43 in commercial rates while an order totalling €11710.96 was made against a company which runs a number of restaurants in the city.

While a small number of cases before the court last Friday were struck as the rates have been paid, the majority of cases were adjourned to future court dates as discussions are ongoing between the council and the ratepayers.