Council in court battle as Travellers remain at Limerick site in breach of order

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A number of caravans remain on the road – in breach of last week’s court order  Picture: Adrian Butler

A number of caravans remain on the road – in breach of last week’s court order Picture: Adrian Butler

LIMERICK City and County Council is to seek to have a number of Travellers arrested and brought to court over their non-compliance with a court order.

The local authority has been granted orders against 13 named individuals and their families who have been living in caravans on a public road which is located off Clondrinagh Roundabout.

Last week, Limerick Circuit Court was told their presence was preventing contractors on the Northern Distributor Road gaining access to the site.

The road where the caravans are located is to be used to transport more than 400,000 cubic metres of material to and from the construction site.

This Tuesday, Pat Quinn BL, representing the local authority, said a number of the respondents had failed to leave the area by the court-imposed deadline which was midday on Sunday.

“There are six caravans in situ in breach of the Order,” he said, indicating the Council wished to proceed with an application for orders of attachment and committal against those in breach of the court order.

Mr Quinn, who previously indicated the delay in the road project has the potential to cost Limerick City and County Council €10,000 a day, told Judge Tom O’Donnell there was a “significant public interest element” to his application given the importance of the NDR to the north side of the city.

Addressing the court, Terry O’Connell BL said eight of the respondents had been granted civil legal aid on Monday and that he had been instructed by solicitor Catherine Ryan of the Legal Aid Board to seek a stay on the Orders.

This, he said, was to facilitate the lodging of a High Court appeal by his clients.

Mr O’Connell said there was an urgency to his application and he submitted that it should be heard as soon as possible.

Noting that papers supporting the application (for a stay) were being drawn up, Judge O’Donnell agreed to hear the matter this Wednesday.

The judge indidated he would also hear the Council’s application commenting it makes “practical and pragmatic sense” to deal with all matters together.