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Thursday 14 December 2017

Ex-garda agrees to leave barracks as dispute ends

Majella O'Sullivan

A RETIRED garda who has been living at his former barracks since he retired almost four years ago has finally agreed to leave the property.

Ciaran Clancy, of the Garda Residence, Ballyferriter Garda Station, Gort Mor, Ballyferriter, Co Kerry, was stationed in the village for 20 years before his retirement in 2007.

Mr Clancy is married with grown-up children, and owns another house in the village that is rented out.

He gave an undertaking at Dingle District Court yesterday that he would vacate the house by May 1.

He told the court the reason he had not left before now was because of the loss he would face over his furnishing of the house, which is located in the centre of the Gaeltacht village, and attached to the garda barracks.

Initially, Mr Clancy indicated to the court that he would be contesting the matter and Judge James O'Connor adjourned it to the November 25 sitting of the court for hearing.

"What will I do with the furniture?" he asked the judge. "I will be at the loss of that."

But Judge O'Connor told him it was not a question of loss.

The matter had first come before the court last March.

"You had seven months to be thinking about it and that's a decent amount of time -- and you made no arrangement to rent a place," the judge said.

However, state solicitor Ed O'Sullivan later told the court that an agreement had been reached with Mr Clancy for vacant possession of the house by May 1, and the matter was adjourned until that date.

Mr Clancy, who is originally from Co Clare, is one of a number of retired gardai nationwide, and one of two in Co Kerry, who faced legal action because they continue to live in accommodation in rural garda stations.

The civil action against Mr Clancy was initiated by the Office of Public Works, which owns all garda buildings. The Commissioner of Public Works claimed that Mr Clancy "refused or omitted to quit and deliver up possession of the house".

Another retired garda, Michael O'Donoghue, of Keelnabrack Lower, Killorglin Road, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, who has been living in accommodation attached to his former barracks in Glenbeigh gave an undertaking at Killorglin District Court earlier this year that he would hand over vacant possession of the house by February 1.

Irish Independent

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