Monday 19 March 2018

We may fight ¤90k ruling -- Krystle

The co-owner of Krystle nightclub has said he will be considering all his options when it comes to the €90,000 judgment made against the venue.

Rangan Arulchelvan and fellow owner Eileen Wright have been told by the High Court that they have two months to pay the hefty amount, resulting out of music royalties owed to Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI).

The debt dates back to before 2007 while an application to stop music from being played at the venue was refused by Mr Justice Roderick Murphy.

He has now given Krystle's owners a 14-month deadline to sort out its dues and put its affairs in order.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Arulchelvan said they don't yet know if they will appeal the judgment.

"I'm not sure yet what decision we'll take," he said. "We're just looking at all our options and we need to talk to our lawyers and get some more advice on this before we decide how we want to proceed."

He added how the issue has been going on between the Harcourt Street venue, which also houses Dicey Reilly's, for more than 20 years.

The nightclub owner also disputed some of the dates submitted by the PPI when it came to invoicing the club for playing music.

"They have included Sundays in the invoice but we don't normally open on a Sunday so it's incorrect to charge us for those days," he said.

The award-winning nightclub has proved itself hugely popular among Ireland's visiting celebrities and socialites alike.

Since first opening its doors in 2007, it has built up a reputation as a celebrity haunt.

Ireland's soccer squad chose the club as the place to stage its Euro 2012 qualifying celebrations last November.

Captain Robbie Keane led the troops into the venue to enjoy a €10,000 splurge as they were cheered on by soccer fans down below in Dicey Reilly's.


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