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Friday 29 August 2014

Squatters at Dublin NAMA property compelled to leave by High Court

Court clears the way for NAMA-appointed receiver to finalise the sale of 7 Barrow Street

Published 30/05/2014 | 17:44

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THE High Court has cleared the way for a NAMA-appointed receiver to finalise the sale of a Dublin property which had been occupied in recent weeks by squatters.

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Yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted receiver David Carson of Deloitte Ireland various injunctions compelling persons occupying a premises at 7 Barrow Street to vacate and cease trespassing at the property.

Three men who identified themselves as Ronan Hackett, Benjamin Smith and Joseph Williams told the court through a spokesman, James Sutherland, they were residing in the house. They opposed the receiver's application for injunctions claiming that would be made homeless if compelled to leave the building.

The Judge said the order applies to the three named individuals and anyone who has notice of the making of the injunctions.

Following the courts ruling, the men gave an undertaking to comply with the orders and that they would leave the premises by noon on Saturday.

The court heard that on May 14 last up to a half a dozen people had taken up residence at the house and had changed the locks.

They were asked to leave but refused.

NAMA appointed Mr Carson receiver over the property, which had been owned by a firm related to Developer Liam Carroll group of companies, and the receiver had received an offer for it for €450,000.

He was seeking vacant possession for the new owner.

Rossa Fanning BL, for the receiver, said that the property had been occupied as part of some political campaign. Pictures of it and requests for support for the action by an anti eviction group had appeared on social media. 

Mr Justice Gilligan said that the receiver  was validly appointed over the property.  He was entitled to injunctions granting possession of the property.

The case was adjourned to next week in case so that any outstanding matter can be dealt with.

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