Friday 23 March 2018

Lissadell legal row case costs €6m

Tim Healy

LEGAL costs run up during the 58-day High Court hearing of a dispute over rights of way through the historic Lissadell Estate in Sligo are believed to have reached €6m.

The hearing concluded yesterday and Mr Justice Bryan McMahon said he would give his judgment later.

In what was one of the most protracted legal rows to have come before the High Court, 52 witnesses gave evidence.

Lissadell's owners, barristers Edward Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy brought the case against Sligo County Council. In a counterclaim, the council sought a declaration that the four routes involved are subject to a right of way in favour of the public.

The historic estate was the former home of Countess Constance Markievicz and was frequented by poet WB Yeats.

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