Shelbourne Hotel to seek access to books

THE owners of the Shelbourne Hotel have been given permission by the High Court to seek an order compelling the company managing the landmark Dublin city centre hotel to allow them access to the hotel’s books and records.

Yesterday, at the High Court, Mr Justice Roderick Murphy gave the Shelbourne Hotel Holding Limited permission to seek an injunction ordering that Toirram Hotel Operation Co Ltd, which is part of the Marriott Group who own and operate hotels all over the world, give them access to the business’s books, records and staff.

Mr Justice Murphy made the matter returnable to a date early next week.

The hotel, located at St Stephen’s Green, is owned by a consortium of businessmen John Sweeney, Bernard Doyle, Bernard McNamara, Gerry O’Reilly and David Courtney.

Counsel for the owners Brian O’Moore SC told the court that the injunction was being sought in order to get financial information relating to issues concerning the operation of the hotel.

He said that accountants working on the owner’s behalf requested that they be furnished with the hotels records and books. However, Mr O’Moore said that the defendants had not handed over the documentation.

He said that it was his client’s claim that as part of the management agreement entered into between the parties in August 2006 there is an entitlement for the owners to look at the records they had requested.

Mr O’Moore also said that the management agreement for the Shelbourne Hotel was also subject of a termination process, however there was a request for arbitration in that matter.

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