High Court action lodged against current and possible future owners of Rooskey hotel

The company who planned to operate a Rooskey hotel as an asylum-seeker centre has taken High Court action against the existing and prospective owners.

This will further delay the sale of the Shannon Key West Hotel.

James Kiernan, the hotel’s current owner, had planned to lease the premises to allow it to operate as a centre for asylum-seekers.

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A one-year deal was agreed with Abbey Castle Accommodation, of which Christina Barry, from Clegg Hill, Newtownforbes, Co Longford, is a director.

But Mr. Kiernan also agreed to sell the property to a group of investors called Paradub, which includes Strokestown solicitor Phelim O’Neill.

But last month the Department of Justice scrapped plans for the asylum-seeker centre because of alleged difficulties with the lease between Mr Kiernan and Abbey Castle.

Abbey Castle has now issued High Court proceedings against Mr. Kiernan and Paradub over the fact the plans fell apart.

The action was initiated on March 22, the day after the department officially scrapped the plans.

As part of this action, a lis pendens has been issued – this is a burden registered against a property in circumstances where there is ongoing court appearances.

This will further delay the completion of the sale of the Shannon Key West Hotel between Mr Kiernan and Paradub.

Paradub and Mr Kiernan declined to comment, while Abbey Castle’s solicitors have not yet responded to queries.