Morrison's wife gets access to papers
SINGER Van Morrison's wife Michelle has got permission to access documents from her neighbours in a dispute over tree-felling and privacy.
In October 2010, Ms Morrison received High Court permission to challenge a council's alleged failure to protect her family's privacy when granting planning permission for works on a neighbour's house in Dalkey, Co Dublin. The case has yet to go to full hearing.
Ms Morrison, of Kilross House, Sorrento Road, Dalkey, wants the court to overturn Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council's decision to accept that work done at Desmond and Mary Kavanagh's house complied with planning permission.
She claims that without proper landscaping -- and in particular the replacement of trees -- a balcony in the Kavanaghs' home overlooks Ms Morrison's rear garden.
Yesterday, Eamon Galligan, counsel for Ms Morrison, applied to Mr Justice John Hedigan to grant a discovery order (disclosure) on documents in the possession of the Kavanaghs in advance of the full hearing. The judge agreed to the application, but said the parties should meet to agree what it should entail. He adjourned the matter for two weeks.