Wednesday 21 August 2019

Injunction granted preventing interference with work on new €12m housing project

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Tim Healy

The High Court has granted a temporary injunction preventing interference with work on a new €12m social housing project in west Ballyfermot, Dublin.

Co-operative Housing Ireland Society Ltd obtained the order last week against a number of residents who are part of a protest which led to workers being allegedly prevented from commencing construction on the 72-unit site at Cherry Orchard Park. 

The case came back before the court on Tuesday when Mr Justice Tony O'Connor was told by one of the Cherry Orchard residents, Edward Fitzpatrick, he wanted time to put in an affidavit and also to get legal advice.  A second resident, Matthew Kelly, also appeared and the judge urged him to get legal representation before the case returned to court.

The judge adjourned the matter until Friday after counsel for Co-operative Housing wanted the matter to be dealt with as soon as possible.

A group blocked access to the site last week amid claims by residents that the development would obliterate a memorial garden to deceased local people in the park. Co-operative Housing has said it intends to incorporate or re-locate the garden as part of the work.

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