Tuesday 28 March 2017

Sinn Féin TD in court challenge to eviction over attic conversion

Sinn Fein TD John Brady and his wife, Gayle Ui Bhradaigh pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of a High Court action
Sinn Fein TD John Brady and his wife, Gayle Ui Bhradaigh pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of a High Court action

Tim Healy

Sinn Féin TD John Brady and his wife Gayle say Wicklow County Council is completely wrong in its insistence that an attic conversion they carried out at their council home was in breach of building regulations.

The High Court is hearing a challenge by the couple to the council's bid to evict them because they did not get permission to retain the 2004 work to put an extra bedroom in their home at Kilbride Grove, Bray.

The council claims it was a fire risk but the Brady's lawyer, Cormac O'Dúlacháin SC, said the claim the work was in breach of regulations was "100 per cent wrong".

Mr Brady says he is being specifically targeted because of his criticism of the council and his involvement in a homeless protest which led to a sit-in at Bray Town Hall.

The council strongly denies it has carried out a vendetta against him.

The Bradys want declarations from the court that the council's decision is irrational, unreasonable, disproportionate, and in breach of their constitutional and European Convention rights. The case continues.

Irish Independent

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