Farmers tell court they were 'bullied and threatened' by billionaire brothers
Two farmers claimed before the High Court that they have been "bullied, intimidated and threatened" by agents of billionaire businessmen brothers Luke and Brian Comer over five acres of land in north Co Dublin.
Rory Bridgette and Albert Murphy have used lands at Cloghran, Swords, near Dublin Airport, for grazing their horses and ponies since they went into occupation of the property in 2003. They fenced off the five acres, which are owned by Hugh Byrne. Mr Byrne, they claim, knew they put their horses on the land but never tried to put them off the land.
In late August and early September of this year, the two farmers say they were contacted by a man called 'Paul' who said he was "from the Comer brothers".
He said the brothers owned the lands and told the farmers to remove the animals.
Mr Bridgette, from Sandy Hill Way, Ballymun, and Mr Murphy, from Furry Park, Cloghran, told 'Paul' the lands were theirs and they were not going anywhere. The farmers say a large mound of soil was dumped in the laneway leading to the lands, preventing access.
The court was told the matter was reported to gardaí, who were investigating, and the farmers brought High Court proceedings against Leixlip-based firm Sainfoin Property Company, of which Luke and Brian Comer are directors.
Barrister Michael Ronayne, who appeared with John Geary of JV Geary Solicitors, secured temporary injunctions for the two farmers restraining "the Comer's company and their agents from continuing to threaten, interfere with or trespass on the lands at Turnapin, Cloghran, Swords, Co Dublin".
The defendant company and its agent are also prohibited from removing, storing, moving or selling any livestock or animals on the lands.