Sunday 22 September 2019

Owners seek order to get 'Rabbit' and 'Mouse' out of aparthotel site

The building is on Blessington Street in the north inner city
The building is on Blessington Street in the north inner city

The owners of a building in north Dublin city earmarked for an aparthotel are seeking a High Court order to remove alleged trespassers.

Construction firms Deck Building Services, KDM Construction and Clonmel Enterprises are the owners of a three-storey-over-basement Georgian building at Blessington Street, which had previously been used as a commercial premises. The owners want to convert the property, which has been vacant for some time, into an aparthotel.

Earlier this month, it is claimed, the premises were unlawfully occupied by unknown persons and locks on the doors changed.

One of the occupants identified themselves as 'Oliver Rabbit' and another as 'Mouse', the court heard.

They were asked to leave but refused.

They claimed they had permission to reside in the property and have no alternative accommodation.


The owners say the building is not currently safe and does not comply with building regulations.

Works had been planned to make the property compliant with fire safety regulations.

As a result of the failure to vacate, the owners seek various orders, including that the occupants deliver up possession and cease trespassing at the premises.

The matter came before Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds on Tuesday.

The Judge, on an ex parte basis [one side only represented], granted the three companies permission to serve short notice of the proceedings on those occupying the premises.

The matter will return before the court next week.

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