Friday 20 April 2018

'Bog Hotel' owner to wed after planning charge dismissed

Anita Guidera

A 29-year-old Polish blonde has declared she will marry a pensioner more than 40 years her senior after a judge dismissed charges against him yesterday.

'Bog Hotel' owner Patsy Brogan (72) emerged victorious from court after the prosecution against him -- for failing to comply with an enforcement order to restore a shed on his property to its original use -- was dismissed.

Judge Kevin Kilrane ruled Donegal County Council had not provided adequate evidence that the converted shed in the Bluestack mountains near the village of Frosses was being used as a bar and lounge.

Polish beauty Daria Weiske, who lives in Mr Brogan's home and serves drinks in the converted shed, sat glumly throughout yesterday's proceedings at Donegal District Court.

But she emerged beaming from the courtroom to the waiting cameras after the judge delivered his ruling.

"I am a little confused but I am glad they have not prosecuted me. It would not be nice for my family," she said in very broken English.

When asked whether she intended to marry her boss, she replied; "Of course, why not?"

"Yes, I am going to marry him, probably about Easter time. It would be nice to do it in Poland. I would like that," she said, laughing.


Thrice-married Mr Brogan described yesterday's outcome as "fantastic" but added he intended taking a case against the council for damages.

"This is not over yet. I have been very ill over this. It has taken a lot out of me. I have been under a lot of pressure even though I did nothing wrong," he said.

Donegal County Council had issued an enforcement order on Mr Brogan for the removal of a large number of cars, vans, lorries and caravans from his property and the restoration of a shed which allegedly was being used as a bar, to its original purpose.

Executive planner Killian Smith gave evidence of first visiting Mr Brogan's property on 21 June, 2007.

In a follow-up visit with gardai on 3 October, 2007, he inspected a 60sqm shed that had a large beer sign and empty bottles and cans outside. He said it had been set up as a bar and lounge.

On January 29, 2008 he posted an enforcement notice. But a further inspection on March 4, 2008 showed that the shed remained fully decked out as a bar.

But Judge Kilrane said he was not satisfied with the evidence that it was "being used as a bar in the normal way".

Irish Independent

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