Friday 23 February 2018

Council launches legal action against couple who moved into vacant house

The Four Courts, Dublin
The Four Courts, Dublin

Tim Healy

A local authority has launched a legal action against a couple it claims have moved into a vacant council house without permission.

Longford County Council wants High Court orders against John Paul and Frances Doyle who allegedly moved into the house at Casey Court, Kenagh, Co Longford, some days ago.

The council wants them to hand over possession of the property as well as an order restraining them from entering or re-entering without lawful authority.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted the council permission to serve short notice of the injunction proceedings on the Doyles.

The application was made ex-parte, meaning only one side was represented in court.

The judge adjourned the matter for a week.

The couple are on the local authority's housing waiting list, the court heard.

The judge was told there was some urgency to the matter because the council have offered the property to another family on the list,

The house had been vacant for a time before the Doyles moved in.

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