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Dublin Bar Emergency Exit Padlock Dispute Settled

Published on Nov 23 2021 10:24 AM in Pub/Bar/Nightclub tagged: Trending Posts / George's Street Arcade / The Market Bar / Mercroft Taverns Limited / Layden Properties Georges Street Limited

Dublin Bar Emergency Exit Padlock Dispute Settled

A dispute between the operating company of The Market Bar on Dublin's Fade Street, Mercroft Taverns Limited, and the owner of the capital's George's Street Arcade, Layden Properties Georges Street Limited, over the padlocking of an emergency exit has been settled.


As reported by The Irish Times, the High Court heard that Mercroft Taverns Limited and Layden Properties Georges Street Limited had given undertakings to each other in relation to the issue, and Tomas Keyes BL for Mercroft said that the agreed terms are to remain confidential.

Mr Justice Senan Allen reportedly vacated on consent that the interim injunction that he made restraining the agents of Layden Properties Georges Street Limited from placing a padlock, bolt or other mechanism that interferes with the ability to open the automated pedestrian gate between certain hours. Mercroft was reportedly to ensure that the gate would be locked by 3.30 am after its service had ended.

During ex-parte application, Keyes reportedly told the court that the gate, which the bar relied upon as one of a number of emergency exits, had been locked on various occasions recently, and that his created "significant difficulties" for the bar.

The court had reportedly heard that the fire gate, which is reportedly situated in George's Street Arcade, triggered an automatic emergency alarm system when it opened and on one occasion it had woken agents of the arcade at 5am.

Adjourned For Mention In January

Mr Justice Allen reportedly adjourned the matter for mention in January of 2022, reportedly granting permission for either party to apply to return the matter before the court if an issue arose. Allen reportedly said that he was pleased that the parties had engaged with each other over the issue.

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