Eviction of TD will be quashed, says judge
A High Court judge says is prepared to grant an order quashing an eviction notice against Sinn Féin TD John Brady and his wife.
Mr Justice Max Barrett will give his detailed decision on the Bradys' challenge to Wicklow County Council at a future date.
The council had served the eviction notice in a dispute over an allegedly unauthorised attic conversion in their council-owned home in Bray.
Following the completion of legal submissions from the sides, the judge indicated he was prepared to grant an order quashing the eviction notice but will give his full judgment later.
Mr Brady, elected a councillor in 2004 and a TD this year, and his wife Gayle brought judicial review proceeindings over the notice served on them over the 2004 attic conversion which was an alleged fire hazard.
The council opposed the challenge and argued the situation was the result of the couple's own actions. The fact the conversion is now substantially in compliance proves that work was required, it said.
Mr Brady believed the notice was issued because of his criticism of the council in the past.
He told the court there had been a lot of tension between him and officials in the immediate run-up to what he said were "so-called random inspections" of council houses where extensions had been carried out.
He had been highly critical of the council over the deaths of two council fireman in 2007. He had also supported two women who staged a sit-in at Bray Town Hall over homelessness. As a result of the sit-in, the council deducted payments from his salary as a councillor, and removed his security clearance from the Bray council building, he said.
The council rejected his claims and said inspections of local authority property were normal so as to ensure its housing stock was maintained in good order.