The saga rolls on, after their recent defeat in the High Court…
The operators of the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin Water World Ltd (DWL), plan to appeal a High Court decision to evict them from the troubled swimming arena.
Their removal from the centre is due on Friday April 28 and they will also be seeking a stay on this.
The legal saga over the ill-fated arena has already cost DWL and the landlords of the centre Campus Stadium Ireland Development Ltd (CSID) at least €1.5m in legal costs.
This is fifteen times the €100,000 annual rent the operators failed to pay CSID – one of the main reasons a move was made to evict.
Outlining the grounds for the appeal, a DWL spokesman said: “CSID admitted as late as July 2005 that the building snagging and defects completion process [as required in the contract] remains incomplete.” DWL as a result, he claimed, had lost money and this was compounded by the unexpected five-month closure of the centre from January 2005 after part of its roof blew off.
A key element of DWL’s Supreme Court appeal was a clause in the lease requiring payment of IR£500,000 to CSID over five years. “DWL,” he said refuse to pay this, after “uncovering a multitude of defects”.