A newspaper vendor, who has sold millions of papers over almost 40 years from a four-wheeled buggy, has been told to "push off" from his stand at the main entrance doors to Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

George Davis insists that he holds a lifelong irrevocable licence to sell newspapers at the location and that he has done so for 38 years.

The owners of the centre, Coltard, are seeking court orders directing him to cease trading at the site.

Mr Davis says that in the 1970s when the shopping centre was being built there was a written agreement that permitted him to sell his newspapers from the central entrance.

The court heard however that the written agreement could not be found and had not been made an order of court at the time.

Mr Davis and a number of staff who worked the pitch gave evidence to the court.

Coltard, which acquired the centre in 1998, plans a €10m redevelopment of the centre involving the creation of two large anchor stores fronting on to Marine Road and onto George's Street.

Raymond Delahunt, counsel for Coltard, told the court that at no time since 1998 had Mr Davis paid a rent to Coltard and his unauthorised use of the shopping centre entrance to sell papers had never been sanctioned by the company.

Mr Delahunt said Mr Davis's use of the property was no more than a mere licence, which was revocable at Coltard's option.

The court was told that in July 2013 the company received a complaint from a tenant concerning Mr Davis's trolley-type structure and the fact that third parties, including cigarette smokers, regularly congregated at it causing obstruction of the entrance and fire exit.

Mr Delahunt said Coltard, considering the flammable nature of newspapers, had a genuine concern for the safety of its employees, customers and tenants.

Mr Davis had twice been asked and had refused to vacate the property. Coltard is seeking court orders directing him to move on.

In defence and counter-claim, Mr Davis's legal team said he had sold newspapers at the entrance for almost four decades and holds a lifelong irrevocable licence, which he asked the court to affirm.

Mr Davis also seeks an injunction restraining Coltard from interfering with his news vending pitch.

Judge Francis Comerford has reserved judgment.