Saturday 18 November 2017

Judge orders TD to 'get out' of court

Nicola Donnelly

A LABOUR party TD was told to "get out" of a court room after a judge told him he "has no standing here".

Brendan Ryan was lending his support at Balbriggan District Court to a Fingal constituent who had an enforcement order from Fingal County Council against her to remove a mobile home, for which she had no planning permission.

When the case was called, Mr Ryan stood beside the constituent, and after Judge John Coughlan asked him who he was, he was ordered to "get out" of the court room.

"You have no standing here. Get out," Judge Coughlan ordered.

Mr Ryan sat down on a bench in the body of the court before being told for a second time to "get out".

The court heard that the constituent had agreed to remove the mobile home within a week and the case was adjourned until September 10.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Ryan said Judge Coughlan was entitled to tell him he had no standing in court.

"I wasn't claiming jurisdiction in court – I was there to give an extra voice to a constituent," Mr Ryan said.

Irish Independent

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