Battle of the screens plays on

Cousins Paul Ward and Paul Anderson are locked in a bitter battle which could tear the multiplex cinema giant apart, writes Ian Kehoe.

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Ian Kehoe

11th November, 2012
Battle of the screens plays on
The Savoy cinema on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Photo: Tony O'Shea

"I will not take part in any meetings at which you are chairman." With that comment, Paul Ward, a scion of the Ward Anderson cinema dynasty, walked out of a company board meeting at the Galway Multiplex on June 15.

The comment was directed at his cousin Paul Anderson, and signalled a major escalation in an already bitter row between the two families who, between them, control half of Ireland's cinema screens.

Since then, Ward and...

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