Saturday 14 December 2019

Politicians may face bin row legal bill

United Left Alliance TD Joan Collins
United Left Alliance TD Joan Collins

Three Dublin politicians who supported the Greyhound workers in their pay dispute may now be facing a significant legal costs bill.

Dublin South Central TD Joan Collins and Councillors Pat Dunne and Tina McVeigh supported the workers until a deal had been stuck between the company and SIPTU last weekend.

However, counsel for Greyhound told the High Court that all legal proceedings could be struck out with no further order as the dispute had been settled, apart from a legal costs issue against the three representatives.

Barrister Louis McEntagart told the court that there was a contempt motion for the attachment and committal of a number of people involved in protests and blockades, but this could now be struck out along with all other proceedings and orders and undertakings which would now automatically fail.

"The costs issues in regard to them have been reserved to the trial of the overall action which, although now struck out, may be adjourned as against the three notice parties with liberty to re-enter," Mr McEntagart said.

Irish Independent

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