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Hoteliers Challenge JLCs

Hoteliers have launched a High Court challenge against a government decision to retain a Joint Labour Committee to determine pay and conditions for those working in the sector outside of Dublin and Cork City.

They claimed yesterday that the decision was unfair, unreasonable and unlawful, and meant employers would have to provide different terms and conditions to workers based on the geographic location of hotels and guesthouses.

Permission to bring the action was granted, on an ex-parte basis by Mr Justice Gerard Hogan. The judge made the action returnable to a date in early May.

The case arises out of Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton’s decision to retain a Joint Labour Committee to set wages, terms and conditions for workers in the hotel industry outside of both cities.

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Mount Wolseley Seeks Examiner

The owners of Mount Wolseley resort in Tullow, Co. Carlow have asked the High Court to appoint an Examiner who will seek to save the business.

Bank of Ireland which wants to appoint a Receiver is opposing the application.

The High Court will give its decision later.

Yesterday the Morrissey family asked Judge Keane to appoint Ian Lawlor as Examiner to the business which includes a 143 bedroom hotel and golf course.,

Banks re owed around €60m with €20m owed to Bank of Ireland

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Green Isle Joins Great National

Great National Hotels and Resorts announced this morning that the Green Isle Hotel on Dublin's Naas Road has joined the Irish owned hotel and resorts group.

The 270 bedroom hotel, conference and leisure centre at Newlands cross was recently acquired by an Irish investor and is newly managed by General Manager John Gavin.

Commenting on the announcement, John Gavin said “I look forward in working with Great National in rebuilding the Green Isle’s prominence in the market place as one of Irelands leading hotels.”

Great National now comprises 32 3- and 4-star hotels, including 10 in the UK and 22 in Ireland with nearly 2,500 bedrooms making it one of Ireland’s largest hotel groups and one of the UK’s fastest growing hotel groups: it has added 5 new hotels to its UK division since January 2014 including the 46-bedroom Wild Pheasant Hotel and Spa, North Wales, and the 53-bedroom North Euston Hotel, Blackpool.  The Great National Group recently also announced plans to grow to 100 hotels throughout to Ireland and the UK by end-2015.

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Mount Juliet for Sale

The Mahony family has put its Mount Juliet estate on the market following a number of approaches from potential buyers.

The estate includes a hotel with an award-winning restaurant and a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. It is owned by the Mahony family company Killeen Investments whose principal business is the distribution of Toyota motor vehicles.

Mount Juliet was bought by the late Tim Mahony from Major Calmont in 1988 and has hosted the American Express World Championship of Golf.


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McDonagh Buys Local Hotel

Supermac's owner Pat McDonagh has bought the 91 bedroom Lough Rea hotel in Loughrea, Co. Galway, close to where he lives.

Receivers were appointed to the Lough Rea Hotel by Ulster Bank back in October 2012. The hotel remained open during the receivership and it employs 70 people.

The entrepreneur met staff at the hotel on the Old Galway Road on Tuesday night and said he intends to carry out a full revamp of the hotel in the near future.

Mr McDonagh acquired the Catletroy Park Hotel in Limerick in 2012, buying it for an estimated €3.5m.



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