Sunday 20 April 2014

Pensioner in Kelly land row won't appeal

Junior minister Alan Kelly,TD  at Leinster House yesterday. Pic Tom Burke 19/6/13
Junior minister Alan Kelly.

A WOMAN who lost a bitter land dispute with a government minister has said she is disappointed by the court decision but will not be appealing.

Breaking her silence on the long-running row with junior public transport minister Alan Kelly, pensioner Diana Whitehead (72) said she was "just relieved" the case was over.

In November, a court found she did not have the right to access a lane owned by the Kelly family, and close to the minister's home, near Lough Derg.

She had used the lane to gain access to a field on her land where horses were kept, not far from the village of Portroe in Co Tipperary. Mrs Whitehead initiated civil proceedings against Mr Kelly and his father Thomas (74) after the road started being blocked in 2010.

However, a judge found against her after hearing evidence that the laneway had been owned by the Kellys since the 1930s. The Kellys indicated after the case that they would not be seeking their costs, which could amount to €40,000.

Mrs Whitehead told the Irish Independent she was "very glad" of this and now wanted to put the dispute behind her.

"I am really glad the case is over. I can now move on."

Mr Kelly did not return a call seeking comment.

Irish Independent

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