Cows back on disputed land despite court order
OWNERS of lands at the centre of a seven-year dispute are to discuss their legal options after cattle removed from the farm under garda escort last week mysteriously reappeared on the site.
The cows were removed from a 40-acre holding at Rathcahill in Templeglantine, between Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in west Limerick a week ago.
The cattle belong to 40-year-old farmer Daniel Doherty, who was sent to jail after he refused to vacate the property owned by the late brothers Mattie and Edward Roche. The bachelor brothers died without leaving a will. Mr Doherty maintains that he has a right to live on the lands because he was promised them prior to the brothers' deaths.
Proceedings were brought against Mr Doherty at Limerick Circuit Court to vacate the property and he lodged a counter-claim. However he lost his case and was ordered to vacate the property on March 4, 2010.
He was sent to Limerick prison after he repeatedly refused to purge his contempt of the court order and he was told he would remain in jail until he obeyed the order.
"We will be meeting to discuss our next move," Michael O'Donnell, solicitor for the Roche family, said yesterday.