Squatters face jail in debtors' prison row
Members of a group of squatters who broke in to and have been living in a derelict former debtors' prison now face imprisonment in fully operational jails for failing to comply with a High Court order.
Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy yesterday granted the State leave to bring a motion before the court within the next two days seeking to attach and commit to prison the squatters for contempt of court.
Barrister Joseph O'Sullivan told the court that the Department of Expenditure and the Office of Public Works considered the former debtors' prison between Halston Street and Green Street, Dublin, to be unsafe.
Last week the State was granted an injunction restraining the squat and directing the squatters to vacate the property by Sunday.
Mr O'Sullivan said the order of Mr Justice Michael Hanna had not been complied with.
John Roche, a man who identified himself as a member of the group, said he had complied with the order and had vacated the property. There were also health concerns over the effect of pigeon droppings on young children. The motion will be brought tomorrow.