Protest at meat plant ends months after bank secures €1.9m judgement
The owner of a Co Donegal meat plant, which has been occupied for several months in a dispute with a bank-appointed a receiver will vacate the premises, the High Court has heard.
Liam McGavigan gave the sworn undertaking to the court on Tuesday concerning a plant he owns in Lifford, which had been operated by Edenmore Farm Meats Ltd.
The plant ceased operating last October after several people allegedly illegally barricaded themselves into it in a dispute about the take-over of the premises by a bank-appointed receiver in October of last year.
AIB appointed Luke Charleton as receiver arising out of an alleged failure by Mr McGavigan to satisfy a demand by the bank for the repayment of loans. It has secured a judgement against him for some €1.9m the court heard.
AIB said Mr McGavigan, his brother Ciaran, and others, had shut down operations there by the sit-in.
They had barricaded themselves into the plant preventing the receiver from taking possession of the plant.
The bank obtained orders and injunctions against both Liam and Ciaran McGavigan as well as against unknown others allegedly occupying the plant requiring them not to trespass.
When this did not happen, AIB and the receiver sought the attachment and committal to prison of those allegedly in contempt of the orders.