Private jetty leaves local anglers reeling
THE construction of a private jetty on the banks of the River Liffey is causing more than a ripple with local anglers, a court was told yesterday.
Judge Joseph Mathews was asked in the Circuit Civil Court to rule on a 'fish war' between anglers and a private developer who is alleged to have built the jetty behind two of his houses.
Dublin and District Salmon Anglers' Association claim that entrepreneur David Wright, of West Pier, Howth, Co Dublin, is disturbing the peace and calm of the river.
David McParland, counsel for the association, believed Mr Wright -- a member of the well-known Howth fish-supply family -- was trespassing.
He told the court the association had leased from Dublin City Council the exclusive fishing rights of the tidal river.
These rights stretched from the Rory O'Moore Bridge to The Weir at Island Bridge, Dublin.
The association stated in their claim that Mr Wright was the owner of two semi-detached dwelling houses at Swan Lake, (1a) Chapelizod Road, Dublin.
It alleged that about May 2008 Wright had constructed at the rear of his houses a double jetty about five feet from the riverbank which he had secured to the river bed.
The association was seeking a court order restraining Mr Wright from continuing with the trespass and damages for trespass.
Edward Farrelly, counsel for Mr Wright, told the court he would be challenging the entitlement of Dublin City Council to have leased the river.
Mr McParland was granted an adjournment to allow the association to call witnesses from Dublin City Council to give evidence relating to the lease. Judge Mathews said the matter could be dealt with as a preliminary issue to the case before a full trial.