Irish Examiner, Evening Echo ordered to vacate Cork offices

Thursday 16 May 2013 19.26
Kilquane Ltd sought court orders to prevent the newspaper group from using the office
Kilquane Ltd sought court orders to prevent the newspaper group from using the office

The owner of The Irish Examiner and Evening Echo newspapers has been ordered to vacate its offices on Lapps Quay in Cork city.

Landmark Media, which took control of the newspapers as part of a restructuring at Thomas Crosbie Holdings, has received a High Court order to leave the premises by 6 November.

Landlord Kilquane Ltd last month sought court orders preventing the group from continuing to use the building due to a dispute over a lease agreement.

At the time the company told the High Court last month that it had “absolutely no interest” in dealing with Landmark Media, given its behaviour to date and "cynical" attitude concerning contractual and leasehold obligations.

In a message to staff Tom Murphy, CEO of Landmark Media Investments, said the company had sought to remain in the building "albeit on a significantly reduced cost basis". 

This was unsuccessful, he said, and the company was now “at an advanced stage of evaluating a large number of properties” to which operations could move.