Thursday 22 February 2018

Decision leaves all on the hook

EDWARD Haughey, a former senator and founder of Northern Ireland veterinary pharmaceutical business Norbrook Laboratories, has been embroiled in legal action since 2008 regarding fishing rights on the Eden and alleged libel by some members of the Eden Owners' Association.

The River Eden runs by Corby Castle near Carlisle. Mr Haughey – also known as Lord Ballyedmond – bought the castle in 1994 and then transferred its title to Norbrook. Attached to the estate are fishing and boating rights on the River Eden.

A key member of the Eden Owners' Association (EOA) and Haughey clashed over the fishing rights and preservation.

Haughey, while not an angler, had been keen to maintain and preserve historic fishing activities in Cumbria. He became incensed, a London High Court has said, at what he considered to be "high-handed, unauthorised and unconstitutional" behaviour by the secretary of the EOA, James Carr. The judge described some of Mr Carr's actions as "reprehensible". Most actions are now settled.

No order was made on costs leaving both sides with hefty bills and lawyers much richer.

Irish Independent

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