Owners of hotel site make claim for millions from council

The owners of the site of a Donegal hotel which was demolished over 20 years ago are claiming 4.5 million euro from Donegal County Council.

The owners of the site of a Donegal hotel which was demolished over 20 years ago are claiming 4.5 million euro from Donegal County Council.

LTG Developments Ltd, the owners of the land on which the Port Salon Hotel stood, have invoiced the council for 4.5m euro for damages due to the demolition and loss of capital. The owners say they are attempting to redevelop the site but the council is “interfering” in the plans.

Michael Ruggeri, the spokesman for the company said: “I have tried for years to reason with the council. The beach at portsalon is world class, has a Blue Flag, and my redevelopment plans would bring jobs and prosperity to the area.”

LTG says it has repeatedly stated to the council that it does not want to have an adverse impact on the public purse at this time and would welcome a mutually beneficial way forward.

“Matters have come to a head because the council is attempting to interfere with our rights as the owners of the land and we will not allow this to happen,” Mr. Ruggeri claimed.

Donegal County Council said “active investigations are underway in relation to unauthorised development issues on specific aspects of these lands” and that it would not be appropriate for the council to comment.