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Cinema row mediation

A DISPUTE affecting the operator of the capital's Savoy and Screen cinemas, the Dublin Cinema Group (DCG), is to go to mediation.

The dispute arises out of a bid by one of the owners of DCG to become involved in opening a multiplex in the St Stephen's Green Centre, which it is claimed could damage business at the Savoy and Screen.

Paul Ward, of Mount Merrion Avenue, Dublin, has brought a derivative action -- an action by a shareholder on behalf of a company -- against Paul Anderson, of Shrewsbury Road, Dublin, and Omniplex Holdings.

Mr Anderson and members of his family own Omniplex Holdings. Mr Anderson is also the chairman of the DCG board, while Paul Ward is the company secretary.

Yesterday, as a hearing was about to start, Mr Justice Peter Charleton persuaded both sides to go to mediation.