Land dispute between farmers and billionaire brothers settled

Comer brothers Brian and Luke
Comer brothers Brian and Luke

Tim Healy

A LEGAL dispute between two farmers and a company of the billionaire Comer brothers over five acres of land in North County Dublin has been resolved.  

The action was brought by Rory Bridgette and Albert Murphy over land at Turnapin, Cloghran, Swords, which they claimed they used for grazing their horses for many years.  The case was against Sainfoin Property Company, which is part of the Comer group of companies. 

They claimed they had rights to the land they had occupied and launched proceedings after they claimed  they were "bullied, intimidated and threatened" by representatives of the company.

Denying the claims the company said the farmers allegations were scandalous and made to denigrate the firm in the eyes of the court. The company said it had purchased the lands in 2014 and the farmers had no rights to the land.

The matter was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice Brian McGovern at the Commercial Court on Monday. Martin Hayden SC, instructed by solicitor Andrew Turner, said the entire proceedings had been resolved and could be struck out. 

Counsel said the claim against his client was being withdrawn and the court could make an costs order in favour of the defendant company. 

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