Saturday 16 November 2019

SIPTU must pay court costs in pension row

Aodhan O Faolain

SIPTU has been ordered to pay the costs incurred by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Ryanair after they went to the High Court to stop a threatened strike.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan last week made orders preventing SIPTU from holding a four-hour stoppage at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports in the long-running pensions dispute.

Yesterday, the judge ruled that while the airline and the DAA were entitled to their legal costs of the action, he put a stay on the costs orders pending the outcome of the full action between the sides.

Lawyers for Ryanair and the DAA had sought their legal costs given that the court had made orders preventing the strike from taking place.

Their application was opposed by SIPTU. Lawyers for the union said that any costs order against it would be "draconian" and argued the issue of costs should be left over until the case had been decided by the courts.

In his ruling, the judge said the court had granted the injunction sought by the DAA against SIPTU, and, given the outcome of the proceedings, they were entitled to their costs. Ryanair was also entitled to its costs.

Irish Independent

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