Thursday 26 April 2018

High Court adjourns application to jail group of people allegedly remaining in occupation of Grangegorman premises

Dublin's Four Courts
Dublin's Four Courts

Tim Healy

THE High Court has adjourned for a week an application to jail a number of people allegedly remaining in occupation of a premises in Grangegorman, Dublin.

Receiver Luke Charleton has sought committal to prison for contempt of court orders because he claims between 20 to 30 people had not left the site.  This is despite the fact that last March the High Court ordered the properties at Lower Grangegorman and North Brunswick Street be vacated by May 5.

Mr Charleton, who was appointed by NAMA, wants to sell the properties to meet an unpaid debt of €21.9m owed by businessman Paschal Conroy. 

An appeal has been lodged against the court's March ruling requiring the properties be vacated.

When the matter returned before the court Tuesday (May 12), Graham O'Doherty, solicitor for the receiver, said his client now wished to take possession of the properties, but is unable to do so as long as people remain on the site.   The receiver was left with not other option other than seek attachment and committal to prison orders.

Two men - Stephen Bedford and Gréum Ná Hearadh - appeared in court to oppose the receiver's application. They asked the court to extend the stay, pending the outcome of the appeal.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan refused to extend the stay on his order.

However, he noted that the appeal against his March decision is listed for Thursday (May 14) in the Court of Appeal. It was a matter for the Court of Appeal whether the stay should be extended, the Judge said.

If no stay is granted and the property is not vacated, then the High Court will next Tuesday hear Mr Charleton's application for attachment and committal orders against those who remain on the premises, the Judge said.

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