AN eight-month legal battle with squatters over the former home of a Church of Ireland minister has ended with gardai seizing the property.
Dublin pensioner Charles Reede (87) was forced to take legal action after a married couple illegally occupied his dead brother's former home.
Daniel and Marieka Green moved into Rev Samuel Reede's bungalow at Rooskey, Co Donegal, last March. But last Friday a judge ordered the squatters' arrest and granted solicitor Fiona Browne orders to repossess the house.
However, during the early hours of yesterday morning it became clear that the Greens had left the area.
Solicitors representing the Reede family brought in locksmiths to change the locks and secure the property.
Judge Petria McDonnell also ordered the Greens to appear at Letterkenny Circuit Court on October 29.
Mr Reede wants to sell the house and give the proceeds to local charities.
Rev Reede, a former dean at St Eunan's Cathedral in Raphoe, died two years ago.