Sunday 19 November 2017

Developers at war over hazardous waste claim

Johnny Ronan Photo: Steve Humphreys
Johnny Ronan Photo: Steve Humphreys
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

A dispute between Johnny Ronan and rival property developer Pat Crean has escalated dramatically this weekend.

Lawyers for a firm connected with Ronan, pictured below, have sent a letter to Crean saying the company intends to sue him for defamation.

The letter alleges that a dossier was disseminated at Crean's behest to reporters and politicians in an attempt to damage the reputation of the company and/or its officers, who include Ronan.

"We have absolutely no idea what they're talking about," a spokesman for Crean said, adding that their "only concern" was the resolution of another issue between the men, relating to the dumping of waste material.

Ronan declined to comment.

The waste dispute relates to material dumped at a landfill in north Co Dublin that a company linked to Crean, Integrated Materials Solutions (IMS), is in the process of purchasing.

The material comes from a large site at Spencer Dock on Dublin's quays, where the Ronan firm has plans for a major mixed-use development.

Crean's representatives say the material is hazardous and they have written to Ronan's representatives asking for the waste to be remediated.

Ronan's representatives responded by rejecting the assertion that hazardous waste was deposited at the site, and would not give an undertaking to remediate it.

In a statement, IMS ­confirmed that it intended to issue legal proceedings "imminently" against Spencer Place Development Company.

Sunday Independent

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