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'I'll obey judge orders after my night in jail'

A propertY owner, who had refused to give the High Court an undertaking about obeying its orders, has changed his mind after spending a night in Mountjoy Prison.

Seamus Killoran had been jailed for a month on Tuesday after Mr Justice Gerard Hogan found him to be in flagrant breach of a court order directing him not to interfere with work being carried out by a bank-appointed receiver.

The judge had directed he be detained in Mountjoy and brought back to court the next day to give him a final opportunity of providing the undertaking to court.

Killoran had refused to obey an order made by Ms Justice Mary Laffoy in July last restraining him from interfering with the duties of Fergus Lowe, who had been appointed receiver to three of Killoran's properties.

Mr Lowe was appointed receiver by Dankse Bank, trading as National Irish Bank, over three houses at Ardilaun Green, Ballymahon Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath; Carra Grove, Mullingar, and Coolcarrigh Coil Dubh, Naas, Co Kildare. William Abrahamson, counsel for Mr Lowe, told the court that Mr Killoran, lived in one of them and had barricaded himself and others into one of them.

Mr Lowe had been seeking possession of the three properties and, because of difficulties with Mr Killoran, had to obtain the restraining order from Judge Laffoy.

Killoran was released at lunchtime yesterday after telling the court he would comply with Judge Laffoy's order.