Shelbourne case may be fast-tracked, court hears

HIGH COURT proceedings by the owners of Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel, seeking books and records from a company that manages the landmark premises, may be “fast-tracked” to the court’s big business division, a judge has been told.

Shelbourne Hotel Holding (SHH) Limited, say the management company is refusing to allow them access to the hotel’s business records.

SHH wants an injunction requiring Torriam Hotel Operation Co Ltd, which manages the hotel on behalf of the Marriott Group, to provide access to the business records and staff.

SHH is owned by a consortium of businessmen comprising John Sweeney, Bernard Doyle, Bernard McNamara, Gerry O’Reilly and David Courtney, and wants to get financial information relating to issues concerning the operation of the hotel. Requests for records and books to be handed over to SHH’s accountants have allegedly been refused.

SHH says that under the management agreement between the parties, the owners should be allowed to look at the records.

It is also claimed the management agreement was the subject of a termination process, though there was a request for arbitration in that matter.

Yesterday in the High Court, Ms Justice Laffoy was told by counsel for both sides that an application is to be made to have the case fast-tracked through the Commercial Court which deals with cases involving more than €1m.

Ms Justice Laffoy adjourned the application to next week.

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