Sunday 18 March 2018

Judge orders arrest of 'residents' remaining at Grangegorman site

Gardaí inside the site at Grangegorman in Dublin
Gardaí inside the site at Grangegorman in Dublin

Tim Healy

THE High Court has ordered the arrest of a number of people remaining in buildings which a bank-appointed receiver is trying to take over.

Nama-appointed receiver Luke Charleton secured orders for jailing a named man, and the arrest of all other unidentified persons at the properties in Grangegorman, Dublin.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan ordered that Stephen Bedford be jailed for 14 days, or until such time as he purges contempt of the court's order directing all those living at the properties to leave there by May 4.

The judge said it appeared some 20 other people were also residing at the properties in breach of the court order.

He was issuing a warrant directing they be arrested and brought before the court.

An agent for Mr Charleton claims up to 50 people were entering and exiting the properties at Lower Grangegorman and North Brunswick Street. despite the judge's order.

Mr Charleton wants to sell the properties to go towards repayment of a debt of €21.9m owed by businessman Paschal Conroy. Two men, Stephen Bedford and Gréum Ná Hearadh, were in court yesterday to oppose the receiver's application.

It was alleged an "illegal, forced" eviction was attempted prior to the court hearing and the receiver refused to negotiate with the "residents" who wanted an opportunity to put forward a cash proposal.

The judge said Mr Bedford remains on the property and has "absolutely no regard" for the orders. He said he believed Mr Bedford did not fully realise the implications, and that he had effectively said he would not comply. There was no need for an order against Mr Ná Hearadh as he had left the property and had no reason to return, the judge added.

Irish Independent

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