British lord sues Irish OAP over ownership of land
A British lord has begun legal proceedings to win possession of land in Co Donegal which he claims belongs to his family.
John Gerard Strutt (55), the sixth Baron of Rayleigh, who lives in an 18th century Georgian manor in Chelmsford, Essex, is suing Jack Green, a pensioner from Fanad, over the ownership of a pier, boat house and land on the peninsula.
Mr Strutt, his son John Frederick Strutt and several friends spent the day in negotiations with lawyers at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court over the case yesterday.
Mr Green is seeking adverse possession of the property which he claims he has used for more than three decades.
Mr Strutt owns extensive lands in the area, inherited from the estate of Lord Leitrim, who died in 1952.
He is a regular visitor to the area and owns several properties.
Peter Nolan, barrister for Mr Green, said the proceedings had an added motion where should his client be successful in his claim, he would also seek a right of way to the pier and boat house.
Declan McHugh, barrister for Mr Strutt, told Judge John Hannan that the case could not go ahead yesterday.
"It will take at least two days and possibly a third day and because witnesses are travelling from outside the country I would ask that the case be prioritised," he said.
Both parties agreed the case should be heard at the County Registrar's Motions Court at the earliest opportunity.
Judge Hannan agreed to prioritise the case at a date yet to be fixed.