Goods Seized at Courtown Hotel following Failure to Pay Commercial Rates

Friday, 4th August 2017
Courtown Harbour

Press Release – Friday 4 August 2017

In an operation conducted this morning Friday 4 August 2017, a well-known hotel in Courtown, County Wexford had its stock of goods, including alcohol seized in an action taken by the County Sheriff on behalf of Wexford County Council.
Court officers seized the goods at Courtown Hotel on foot of a Warrant of Execution, following a long-running court action by Wexford County Council against the operators of the hotel for failure to pay commercial rates.
Sykes Hotel Group Limited has been operating the hotel for some time, and the court action by the Council sought payment of commercial rates totalling more than €21,000. Following failure by the company to pay, the Council obtained the court warrant authorising seizure of goods at the premises. The goods will now be auctioned by the State and the proceeds offset against the commercial rates due, with costs incurred in the action also to be deducted from the proceeds.
Commenting on the seizure, Wexford County Council Communications Officer David Minogue was keen to point out that the vast majority of the county’s commercial rates customers make every effort to meet their financial obligations. 
“The cost of unpaid rates is effectively met by those customers who do pay” said Mr. Minogue. “The Council would be failing in its duty to these customers were it not to use all of the powers available to it to secure the collection of commercial rates. As a publically funded body, Wexford County Council has a duty to collect all monies due so we can continue to drive forward the development of the County and continue to provide essential services to the people of Wexford”.
Current legislation provides that where the proceeds arising from seizure of goods are insufficient to meet the amount owing, further seizures may be carried out until such time as the full amount due has been collected.  
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David Minogue | Communications Officer | Oifigeach Cumarsáide
Wexford County Council, County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford  Y35 WY93
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