The former owner of the Shandon Hotel has objected to the granting of a license for the hotel.
Mr Dermot McGlade appeared at Falcarragh District Court this morning when a license application by the new owners of the Portnablagh-based hotel was heard.
The hotel was recently purchased at an All-Sops Auction in Dublin for approximately €800,0000 but was once value at almost €6M.
New owner Mr Warren McCarthy appeared in court to give evidence of his plans for the hotel.
His solicitor Mr Brendan Twomey said he was aware that the hotel’s former owner Mr Dermot McGlade was objecting to the granting of the license.
However he said that the court was no provision to hear Mr Glade’s objection during the court sitting.
Donegal Daily understands the objection relates to a right-of-way at the hotel but no reference was made to this in court.
Mr McCarthy gave evidence that although he had no experience in the bar trade, he had acquainted himself with the alcohol laws.
He said he planned to move a management team in to run the hotel and they would operate it under him.
He said the hotel needed some renovation but no structural works but rather works to address some damp and leaking roofs.
He said that he did not envisage the hotel will open in the summer but may be open before Christmas.
Judge Paul Kelly explained to the former owner Mr McGlade that he did not have the right to object at the current court but could do so during the annual licensing court in September.
Judge Kelly also advised solicitor Mr Twomey to inform his client of the situation with regard to Mr McGlade’s objection to the hotel.