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Monday 22 January 2018

Former ICSA treasurer faces massive legal bill

James Reynolds. Photo: Tom Burke
James Reynolds. Photo: Tom Burke
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

National Party co-founder James Reynolds may be facing a bill of tens of thousands of euro after the ICSA was awarded costs in a High Court application.

The court dismissed an application by Mr Reynolds to continue an injunction preventing the farm body from removing him from senior ­positions he had held within the organisation.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan awarded the ICSA the costs of the application after it found Mr Reynolds had not made a strong case that was likely to succeed in court.

The ICSA said it had decided to remove Mr Reynolds as a member of the Longford County Executive, its National Executive and as the national treasurer because of his involvement with the National Party which it described as being "in the mode of right-wing European Movements".

Mr Reynolds from Rorkes Drift, Laughill Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford opposed it and argued it was not entitled to remove him and it would damage his reputation.

Earlier in the year he had secured a temporary injunction restraining the ICSA from taking any steps to remove him and had sought to extend the injunction until it was decided in court.

A special meeting was held last November to discuss Mr Reynold's involvement in the National Party which is opposed to unrestricted immigration, is anti-abortion and favours the death penalty for certain crimes.

The judge said ICSA members were unhappy with comments he had posted on social media and he had also gone on TV programme Claire Byrne Live, where he spoke on behalf of the National Party, and criticised the efforts of the Irish Navy in rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean.

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The judge said the ICSA seeks good relations with elected public officials and public servants.

Mr Reynolds said he has not yet decided if he will appeal the decision.

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