Saturday 10 December 2016

Vacate 'Squat City' site in 21 days, judge tells group

Published 21/07/2016 | 02:30

A house at the Grangegorman 'Squat City' site pictured in 2015 Photo: Steve Humphreys
A house at the Grangegorman 'Squat City' site pictured in 2015 Photo: Steve Humphreys

A group of people who unlawfully re-occupied the site of a planned student accommodation project have been given 21 days to leave by the High Court.

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A number of men, women and children have set up 'Squat City' in lands and buildings at Lower Grangegorman and Brunswick Street, where planning permission was recently granted for 126 student units, the court heard.

James Keever Photo: Collins Courts
James Keever Photo: Collins Courts

Last year, the same property was the subject of court proceedings against a group who ultimately all left, after one of them was jailed for contempt of the court order to vacate.

TSAF 1 Brunswick GP Ltd bought the property in September from a receiver. However, another group then moved in. TSAF director, Tim Mitchell, said in an affidavit an anchor tenant for the commercial area requires it to be ready by no later than May 2019.

James Keever (inset left)argued TSAF had no legal standing to bring proceedings because the property had not been properly registered after it was sold.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said the arguments in relation to the title of the property did not find any favour with the court as a matter of law.

Irish Independent

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