Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based Supermac’s boss, Pat McDonagh has been ordered to reimburse 150 thousand euro to the tenants of one of his fast-food outlets.
According to today’s Irish Times, a court in Limerick this week found Pat McDonagh was in breach of a long-standing “oral tenancy agreement” with John and Mary Lyons over a Supermac’s premises at Ennis Road Limerick.
An annual rent of 132 thousand euro was agreed in March 1995.
It was also agreed at that time that Supermac’s would discharge rates of about 22 thousand euro to Limerick City Council.
However, the court heard that Pat McDonagh stopped paying the rates for the Ennis Road premises in 2009.
Counsel for John and Mary Lyons said this meant they had to pay the rates on top of the rent which totalled more than 150 thousand euro.
Their lawyer also said they are happy to pay rates going forward but were entitled to ‘recover’ losses after they had overpaid.
The couple’s valuer estimated the annual rent should be 86 thousand euro, despite Pat McDonagh’s valuer estimating it at 196 thousand euro.
Judge Terry O’ Sullivan ordered the rent to be reduced to 125 thousand euro.
The judge also order Pat McDonagh to reimburse the rates previously paid by John and Mary Lyons since 2009 by way of annual deductions to the next fixed rent.
Pat McDonagh of Supermacs must also refund 19 thousand euro paid by the Lyons since proceedings began in 2015, in light of the reduction in rent.
1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three areas in Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average of 413 cases per 100 thousand people.
The highest figure is Galway City East at 541, followed by Connemara North at 459 and Tuam at 458.
Galway City Central is just below the national average at 401, while Galway City West now stands at 363 cases per 100 thousand.
Elsewhere, the figure for Gort Kinvara is 323, Athenry-Oranmore is 247, Connemara South is 239, Ballinasloe is 192, and Loughrea is 185.
Nationally, the Monaghan local area has the highest figure nationwide – with an incidence rate of 1,255 cases per 100 thousand people.
Approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has granted approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue.
The development is led by crown Square Developments Ltd and would be located at Monivea Road and Joyces Road.
The development consists of several blocks of varying heights – the tallest buildings will have ten floors and stand 30 metres above ground level at Monivea Road.
The project includes 240 two-bed units, 86 single-bed units, and 19 three-bed units.
Also in the plans is a commercial scheme which will feature retail and pharmacy units, a fitness and leisure centre, a primary care medical centre and a creche.
Access and parking arrangements for the proposed housing would be integrated with the office and hotel development authorised on the western part of the site, which’ll also have parking space for 1,200 bicycles.
An Bord Pleanála has now approved the plans with 19 conditions attached.