Wednesday 16 January 2019

Citywest Hotel asks court to restrain former owner's son

Alleged trespass and the cutting of locks at a gate-lodge accessing the N7 dual carriageway was creating safety issues for the new owners of the Citywest Hotel Complex, the High court has been told.

Barrister Eoghan Cole, counsel for Cape Wrath Ltd, was given leave to issue short service notification to James Mansfield Jnr and Kevin O'Gorman, informing them the company would next Tuesday seek injunctions against them restraining alleged activities at the complex.

Cape Wrath Ltd is an operational vehicle for Dublin-based private equity fund Brehon Capital which confirmed earlier this month that it had bought the Citywest Hotel Complex for an estimated €29m.

Mr Cole told Mr Justice Max Barrett that the case involved allegations of trespass and damage at the complex where, in particular, some areas had been occupied with containers, caravans and vehicles.

He said it would be Cape Wrath's case that locks had been cut at a gate lodge which governed access to the N7, creating a safety issue.


Cape Wrath was granted liberty to issue and serve a notice of motion against O'Gorman and James Mansfield seeking injunctions against them.

Brehon Capital has bought up numerous hotel businesses in the recent past. The 798-bed golf hotel and conference complex at Saggart, Co Dublin, was sold to Brehon Capital by Royal Bank of Scotland (Ireland) receiver Martin Ferris.

It is understood the business will continue as usual and that all staff have been transferred to the new owners.

The development was built by the late Jim Mansfield Snr and at the height of the boom Citywest was estimated to be worth more than €100m.

Mansfield (Snr), who had estimated debts of around €300m, lost control of the complex in 2010 when the lender sent in Mr Ferris as receiver.

Citywest has been operated by hotel management group Dalata which owns the Maldron chain of hotels.


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