Liquidator ‘denied access’ to DIY store in Limerick

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

The Wickes DIY and hardware store in Ballysimon
THE liquidator appointed to wind up the company behind the former Wickes hardware store has been granted an injunction restraining the firm’s former landlord from interfering with the sale of assets.

THE liquidator appointed to wind up the company behind the former Wickes hardware store has been granted an injunction restraining the firm’s former landlord from interfering with the sale of assets.

Judge Carroll Moran made the interim order on Monday at Limerick Circuit Court after hearing an ex-parte application from Michelle Liddy BL on behalf of liquidator Aidan Morrison.

Mr Morrison, of Sunnyside, Convent Lane, Portmarnock, County Dublin, was appointed to wind up Moritz Home Improvement Centre, trading as Wickes, after the company went into voluntary liquidation in February of this year.

Ms Liddy told Judge Moran that there were a number of fixtures, fittings and other assets left on the former retail premises on the Ballysimon Road and that the defendant, Tomas Healy, was refusing to allow the liquidator to access the property.

“The plaintiff is seeking to access the premises in order to obtain the assets,” Ms Liddy said.

Judge Moran granted an injunction restraining Mr Healy from interfering with the sale or disposal otherwise of the assets.

Wickes closed its doors in February this year with the loss of around 30 jobs in Limerick. It was the British DIY retailer chain’s only Irish outlet.