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Belfast pub and nightclub owners banned as company directors for total of 23 years

By John Mulgrew

Published 29/07/2016

The former Rain nightclub in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker
The former Rain nightclub in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

Three nightclub and pub owners — including two businessmen who ran Rain in Belfast — have been banned from the boardroom for a total of 23 years after racking up combined debts of almost £5m.

Ryan Morton (29) and Daniel Martin Morton (58), both of Ardmore Avenue in Belfast, have been disqualified as company directors for nine and 10 years respectively, over their conduct as directors of Coral Inns (NI) Ltd, Studio Inns Limited and Rymor Inns Limited.

Coral Inns (NI) Ltd ran the now closed Rain nightclub at Tomb Street in Belfast.

The company went into administration in August 2012.

Meanwhile, Studio Inns Limited previously operated Belfast bars including Ronnie Drew’s on May Street and Lily's on the Lisburn Road.

And businessman Dominic Malone (53) of Sawell Hill, Belfast, was struck off for four years for his conduct as a director of Rymor Inns Limited.

Rymor Inns Limited previously operated a bar at The Emerald Road House, Finaghy Road North, Belfast. The company entered administration on September in 2013.

Coral Inns signed up to a company voluntary arrangement at the end of 2011 after running up debts with HM Revenue and a drinks supplier.

Earlier that year the firm was fined a total of £5,000 for breaches of its entertainments licence when it admitted three counts of overcrowding.

Belfast City Council's licensing committee suspended Rain's entertainments licence for seven weeks following the breaches.

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