Saturday 22 July 2017

Vandals target estate at centre of right-of-way row

Anita Guidera

VANDALS targeted a stately home at the centre of a legal battle over rights of way.

Gardai in Sligo are investigating an estimated €1,500 worth of damage caused at Lissadell House Estate after a large gate was pulled from its hinges and thrown into a nearby river.

Estate manager Isobel Cassidy described it as the latest in a series of incidences of vandalism and trespass which had become worrying for the owners.

"There has been nothing for the last four years or so but unfortunately, since the council passed a resolution 12 months ago, trespass and vandalism has definitely increased," she said.

A year ago, Sligo County Council voted to amend the county development plan to provide for the preservation of a public right of way which estate owners, millionaire lawyers Eddie Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy, say does not exist.

A High Court hearing to resolve the issue is set for January 19.

Irish Independent

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