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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Legendary Herald seller allowed to keep pitch for life

George Davis, right and John Breen who sell newspapers outside Dun Laoighaire Shopping Centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/3/2017
George Davis, right and John Breen who sell newspapers outside Dun Laoighaire Shopping Centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/3/2017

Legendary newspaper seller George Davis is celebrating after a judge ruled he could continue to sell newspapers from the spot he has held for decades.

A judge ruled Mr Davis could retain his pitch at an entrance to Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre for the rest of his life.

Judge Francis Comerford said Mr Davis, who sells the Herald, could operate on the tiled area between the public footpath and the side doors of the centre.

The judge told barrister Mark O'Riordan, counsel for Mr Davis, that the centre's owners Coltard were bound by way of a constructive trust, which allowed the newspaper seller to continue his operation.

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Mr Davis had to wait four days to see if he was going to be turfed off his sales pitch.

On Tuesday, the judge had adjourned his decision for further consideration - until yesterday.

Mr Davis has sold millions of papers over almost 40 years from a four-wheeled buggy at the main entrance doors to the shopping centre.

The court heard last week he had been told to "push off" from the area.

The decision hung on the court's reading of evidence of a purported contract "agreed" by barristers John Peart, now a senior counsel, and Mary Finlay, now Appeal Court Judge Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan.

Judge Comerford was told in the Circuit Civil Court that an earlier bid to shift Mr Davis from his site had been struck out by the High Court.

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