Judge set to rule on minister's lane row
A JUNIOR government minister and his father have been accused of a "thou shalt not pass" approach in a land dispute involving an elderly neighbour.
Labour's Alan Kelly and his father Thomas Kelly (74) say they are the rightful owners of a lane way, which Diane Whitehead (72) wants to use to access a field beside her home.
Ms Whitehead, of Portroe, Co Tipperary, initiated civil proceedings against the Kellys after access to the lane way she claims she had been using for 20 years was blocked.
The pensioner is also claiming part ownership of the lane way as it is townland commonage, according to maps she presented to Nenagh Circuit Court.
The Kellys dispute the claim, saying their family has owned the lane way since 1935.
Judge Petria McDonnell will give her ruling at Nenagh Circuit Civil Court today.