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Supreme Court to rule on Lissadell

RIGHTS-OF-WAY DISPUTE RUMBLES ON

Published 18/01/2012 | 14:02

THE SUPREME COURT will decide in April if priority should be given to an appeal by barristers Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy against a High Court ruling that public rights of way exist at Lissadell House.

The couple had claimed that four routes through the 410- acre estate were not subject to any public rights of way, but in the High Court last year Mr. Justice Bryan Mcmahon upheld Sligo County Council's arguments that the rights of way did exist. The Court subsequently awarded the Council its full costs, estimated at €6 million.

The matter came before the Chief Justice Ms. Justice Susan Denham on Wednesday last as Edward and Constance Walsh renewed an application for a priority hearing for their appeal.

Submissions have been made by both sides and Ms. Justice Denham adjourned the case again to April 20th to determine if it should be given priority. If this priority is given it is hoped that the appeal may be heard before the end of the year.

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