Friday 23 March 2018

'Cost of Ecocem' document taken in Irish Cement raid, court hears

Ecocem produces a form of eco-friendly cement
Ecocem produces a form of eco-friendly cement
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

A document headed "estimated cost of Ecocem" was seized from an Irish Cement premises during a dawn raid by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), the High Court has heard.

Ecocem is a rival of Irish Cement that produces an type of environmentally friendly cement.

The document was taken by a Competition and Consumer Protection Commission official during a raid of an Irish Cement premises in Platin, Co Meath, according to an affidavit read to the court by counsel for Irish Cement Paul Sreenan SC.

The raid was in connection with alleged abuse of a dominant position in the Irish bagged cement sector by Irish Cement, a subsidiary of the building materials giant CRH.

The case at the High Court centres on whether the CCPC was entitled to seize emails within a email account, owned by CRH executive Seamus Lynch, that were unrelated to the business of Irish Cement.

Mr Lynch had previously been managing director of Irish Cement but was no longer in the role at the time of the search last May.

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