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Thursday 23 November 2017

Farmer loses purchase order battle over historic property

Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh

A FARMER has lost a High Court battle to stop the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) from acquiring lands he and his family have worked for more than a century.

Thomas Reid (51) challenged both the IDA and the State over the IDA's decision to compulsorily acquire his 72-acre farm and 18th Century family home for development purposes.

Mr Reid, of Hedsor House, Blakestown, Maynooth, Co Kildare, did not want to sell his land, which adjoins both the Carton House Estate and the Intel site in Leixlip.

He claimed the IDA's decision to acquire the family farm was flawed and unfair and a breach of his property rights as well as his rights under the Constitution and European Convention of Human Rights.

Mr Justice John Hedigan, in a reserved judgment delivered yesterday, dismissed Mr Reid's case, saying the decision was clearly intended to achieve the IDA's objective of encouraging industrial development in Ireland.

He said that in its dealings with Mr Reid, the authority had adopted every fair procedure possible.

It is understood Mr Reid intends appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.

Irish Independent

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