Judge warns of ‘anarchy’ in county Limerick land row case

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A JUDGE has warned that there would be “anarchy and chaos” in the country if he released from a prison a Templeglantine man who is refusing to stay away from a farm which he claims is his.

A JUDGE has warned that there would be “anarchy and chaos” in the country if he released from a prison a Templeglantine man who is refusing to stay away from a farm which he claims is his.

Judge Carroll Moran made the statement after Daniel Doherty, of Rathcahill, Templeglantine once again refused to purge his contempt of court in a row over a 40 acre farm which belonged to bachelor farmers Matt and Eddie Roche.

Doherty has spent more than three months in Limerick prison after he refused to abide by a court ruling ordering him to keep away from the farm, which he claims was promised to him by the brothers before the deaths.

Speaking at Limerick Circuit Court, the judge told Doherty, 40, that he will remain in prison indefinitely unless he agrees to obey the court.

The judge said that if he chose to release Doherty without him agreeing to back down, “there will be chaos in this country … anarchy and chaos.

“People have to obey court orders. You are going to stay in prison until you purge your contempt”.

Since he was imprisoned on July 29 Doherty has been given numerous opportunities to purge his contempt, but has refused.

During the most recent hearing, Judge Moran said “I don’t want to see you in prison”. “Let me go so”, Doherty replied. “Are you prepared to stay away?” the judge asked. “No. Matt and Eddie wanted me there” Doherty replied.

The judge ordered that Doherty be sent back to Limerick prison immediately. “You must respect the court”, he told him.