Top bar­ris­ter to me­di­ate in Re­gency row with in­surer

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Paul Caf­frey

THE Re­gency Ho­tel in Dublin, where a gang­ster was shot dead in Fe­bru­ary, is still at log­ger­heads with its in­sur­ers – and now a high-pro­file se­nior bar­ris­ter has been called in to me­di­ate, the Ir­ish Daily Mail has learned.

The dis­pute be­tween the Re­gency and Aviva In­surance went to the High Court and has al­ready re­sulted in a pay­out of at least €100,000. How­ever, the three­star ho­tel is claim­ing for fur­ther losses for ‘busi­ness in­ter­rup­tion’ caused by the Fe­bru­ary 5 shoot­ing.

The ini­tial ‘in­terim pay­ment’ cov­ers only the first 10 days of losses be­tween Fe­bru­ary 5 and 15. The ex­act amount paid by the in­surer is con­fi­den­tial, but the Mail has learned a six-fig­ure sum was paid over by Aviva late last week.

Now, a well-known Law Li­brary heavy­weight – who can­not be named yet to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the process – has been ap­pointed to solve the rest of the in­surance dis­pute. This in­volves a claim by the Re­gency for fur­ther busi-

Ho­tel claim­ing for fur­ther losses

ness losses suf­fered since Fe­bru­ary 15.

When the case was called in the High Court yes­ter­day, Richard Kean SC, for the Re­gency, asked Judge Gil­li­gan to ad­journ the mat­ter for two weeks to al­low an ar­bi­tra­tion process to be­gin.

Judge Gil­li­gan placed a stay on the ac­tion brought by Regan De­vel­op­ment Ltd, which runs the Re­gency, pend­ing the out­come of that ar­bi­tra­tion.

On Fe­bru­ary 5, at least four armed men en­tered the ho­tel in Drum­con­dra and opened fire at a box­ing weigh-in. Gang­ster David Byrne, 34, was killed in the at­tack.

The shoot­ing was be­lieved to be part of the on­go­ing war be­tween the Ki­na­han gang and the ri­val Hutch mob. Those re­spon­si­ble for the crime have still not been iden­ti­fied.

The Re­gency first took Aviva to court last month for mak­ing no pay­out fol­low­ing the shoot­ing – even though its in­surance pack­age with Aviva cov­ered ‘the oc­cur­rence of mur­ders’.

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