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Judge turns down bid to halt homes defects case

A HIGH Court judge has refused to halt a long-running action to establish the cause of defects in hundreds of homes in north Dublin.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan turned down an application to strike out proceedings brought by the builders of the houses against two companies which allegedly provided defective material used in the construction of the dwellings.

The judge said yesterday he was refusing to do so because of "negligent" and "blameworthy" failure by both sides to disclose documents in the case.

Hansfield Developments, Viking Construction, Menolly Properties and Menolly Homes have brought the case against three companies in the Lagan group -- Irish Asphalt Limited (IAL), Lagan Holdings Ltd and Lagan Construction Ltd.

A fourth company, Linstock Ltd, was later joined as a defendant by order of the court.

It is claimed defective pyrite infill has caused heaving, bulging and cracking of floors in homes in three estates, Drynam, in Swords, Myrtle, in Balgriffin, and Beaupark, in Baldoyle. Lagan denied the problems could be attributed to pyritic-induced heave.