Friday 23 August 2019

CRH unit challenges seizure of files

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Tim Healy

A DISPUTE over the seizure of emails by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) during a search of a Co Meath cement plant has come before the High Court.

The case arises following an unannounced search conducted by CCPC officers at Irish Cement Ltd's (ICL) facility at Platin, Drogheda, Co Meath, on May 14 last.

The search was carried out on foot of a search warrant obtained from the District Court, and was conducted as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged anti-competitive practises in the bagged cement sector.

ICL, a subsidiary of CRH, is involved in the production and supply of cement products.

As part of the search, it is claimed, the CCPC seized electronic files within a email account of CRH Ireland and Spain managing director Seamus Lynch.

In proceedings against the CCPC, ICL, CRH and Mr Lynch claim that a significant portion of the emails are unrelated to the business and activity of ICL and said the CCPC seized documents that fall outside of the scope of the search warrant.

The claims are denied. The case, which is expected to last for four days, was adjourned to March of next year.

Irish Independent

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