Belfast Telegraph

Publicans given directorship bans

By John Mulgrew

Three nightclub and pub owners have been banned from the working as company directors for a total of 23 years after accumulating combined debts of almost £5m.

Ryan Morton (29) and Daniel Martin Morton (58), both from Ardmore Avenue in Belfast, were disqualified from holding the position for 10 years and nine years respectively over their conduct while 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. Studio Inns Limited, meanwhile, previously operated Belfast bars including Ronnie Drew's on May Street and Lily's on the Lisburn Road.

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

The company operated a bar at the Emerald Road House on Finaghy Road North in south Belfast, before it went into administration in September 2013.

Coral Inns signed up to a company voluntary arrangement at the end of 2011 after running up debts with HM Revenue & Customs and a drinks supplier. The business left behind total debts of £685,800.

The reasons for the directorship disqualifications included failing to pay more than £350,000 in various taxes, including PAYE and national insurance.

The business also failed to file company accounts on more than one occasion.

The company formerly ran Rain nightclub, which closed its doors in January 2014 after announcing its farewell party.

In 2011, Belfast City Council's licensing committee suspended Rain's entertainments licence for seven weeks following three incidents of overcrowding.

Studio Inns Limited had debts of close to £1.4m. It also failed to file accounts on more than one occasion, and owed almost £230,000 in taxes.

Rymor Inns Ltd left behind debts totalling £2.7m.

It also failed to file company accounts, and owed around £142,000 in taxes.

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