Threats to 'skip dump' hazardous chemicals
Published 25/11/2016 | 02:30
A group of people who took over a county council water testing laboratory office are threatening to dump hazardous chemicals used for testing purposes, the High Court heard.
The group of around 20 stormed the Cube building in Letterkenny last Friday and took over the second floor which houses offices of Donegal Co Council including its water control section and lab.
They are threatening to remove all of the council property, including acids and irritants, and put them into a skip today.
One of them was Letterkenny businessman Brendan Gildea who claims he is the owner of the building and is demanding the council sign a new lease with him or it will be ejected.
Control of the building was in fact given to receiver Martin Ferris who was appointed by a bank to take control of Mr Gildea's assets arising out of the failure of the firm, Brendan Gildea Ltd, to repay millions in debts to Danske Bank.
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was told Mr Ferris obtained a High Court order in December 2013 preventing Mr Gildea interfering with the receiver's efforts to take control of his assets.
However, last Friday Mr Gildea and a group of people arrived and told staff in the council offices they were going to change the locks and tried to distribute what they claimed were legal notices.
Mr Gilligan granted Dermot Gleeson SC an order requiring Mr Gildea and all others with notice of the order to vacate the building immediately and hand back possession. The case comes back to court next week.