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decision reserved Coach Pete Taylor is not entitled to injunction over boxing club premises, court hears

Mr Taylor, who is the father of World Champion boxer Katie Taylor, claims Wicklow Co Council is wrongfully trying to evict him and the club from a facility.


Pete Taylor

Pete Taylor

Pete Taylor

Boxing coach Pete Taylor is not entitled to an injunction preventing it from terminating his and Bray Boxing Club's legal interest in a premises used by boxers in the town for several years, the High Court was told.

Mr Taylor, who is the father of Olympic and World Champion boxer Katie Taylor, claims Wicklow Co Council is wrongfully trying to evict him and the club from a facility, owned by the local authority, located at the Harbour Shed, Bray.

The council denies his claims and says he is not entitled to any injunction.

Mr Tayor and Bray Boxing Club Ltd, of which Mr Taylor is a director, seek an injunction restraining the council from terminating their legal interest in their possession of the premises in the absence of a properly obtained court order.

It is claimed Mr Taylor and the boxing club entered into an agreement to lease the club premises in 2007, and after the lease expired in 2014 remained on under a number of licence agreements.

The injunction, if granted, would remain in place pending the outcome of the dispute.

Seeking the order Richard Kean SC said the court did not have to decide any proprietary interests until the full hearing of the dispute.

However, his clients fear if the injunction sought is not granted the council may put another club in the premises rendering the action moot or pointless.

The council says the applicants have no proprietary entitlement to the premises.

Esmonde Keane SC, for the council, said taking their case at its highest point, they have is what is known as a 'bare licence' agreement.

No rent has been paid for several years on the premises, which the local authority spent over €195,000 to rebuild in 2013, he said.

That type of licence just gives permission to a person to enter onto another entity's property.

Such a licence, counsel said, can be terminated at any time, without any reason being given.

Following the conclusion of submissions from both parties, Mr Justice Allen reserved his decision.

The proceedings were brought when the council changed the locks on the premises in June 2018 after three people, including Mr Taylor, were shot at the gym.

One of those shot, Bobby Messett, was killed in the incident.

Mr Taylor, the club and its members have been out of the facility since then.

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