High Court blocks farm organisation treasurer in bid to hold onto position
THE High Court has dismissed an application by National Party co-founder James Reynolds to continue an injunction preventing the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) from removing him from senior positions he had held with the organisation.
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 opposed the ICSA's action against him and argued it was not entitled to remove him.
In his proceedings against the ICSA, which has 10,000 members, he claimed the procedures it engaged in to remove him were unfair and would damage his reputation.
Earlier this year Mr Reynolds, of Rorkes Drift, Laughill Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, secured a temporary injunction restraining the ICSA from taking any steps to remove him.
On Tuesday, his lawyers sought to extend the injunction until the matter has been fully determined by the court.
The ICSA argued that the injunction should be dismissed.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was satisfied not to put an injunction in place until the dispute had been determined.