A company has launched a High Court action in order to try and prevent the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, which it claims to be in the process of purchasing, from being used to house asylum seekers.
Paradub Limited has brought the action against James Kiernan, a businessman who owns the 39-room property. Paradub Limited claims it wants to develop the premises into a tourist hotel. The company is adamant that it has an agreement to buy the hotel, which was closed in 2011, from Mr. Kiernan. Paradub directors allege that the businessman has failed to complete the deal said to be worth €600,000.
In recent weeks it has emerged that a plan has been put in place to house up to 80 asylum seekers at the property but Paradub Limited claims that this is a breach of the purchase agreement and has sought orders including an injunction restraining Mr. Kiernan from entering into any agreement to lease, transfer and dispose of the property to any other party other than the plaintiff.
The case was mentioned briefly by Ms. Justice Leonie Reynolds on Thursday, November 15th and was once again before the High Court on Tuesday (20th) where it was adjourned until next Thursday, November 29th. It was agreed that Mr. Kiernan would file a responding affidavit by next Tuesday (November 27th).
As revealed in last week’s Roscommon People, the use of the former hotel in Rooskey was recently raised in a Parliamentary Question by Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy. In response, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said that following on-site assessments by staff of his Department, and subject to refurbishment work being completed, the property was “deemed to be a suitable premise for the needs of the Department”.