Some of the caravans as pictured this Thursday afternoon | Picture: Adrian Butler
CONSTRUCTION of the Northern Distributor Road has been delayed due to the illegal presence of a number of Traveller families on a public road which has been closed to facilitate the project
Limerick City and County Council has secured a court order requiring a number of women and their families to leave the area by noon on Sunday.
Similar orders were granted in relation to nine other named individuals and their families earlier this week.
The proceedings before Limerick Circuit Court relate to members of three different extended families.
Making an application, this Thursday, under the provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2000 Pat Quinn BL said construction of the road cannot be progressed due to the presence of several caravans and other vehicles on a public road which is located off Clondrinagh Roundabout.
He told Judge James O’Donoghue the delay has the potential to cost the local authority €10,000 a day as the main contractor, who has submitted a claim for €500,000, has not been able to carry out any work at the site.
Limerick Circuit Court heard 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.
A number of Affidavits from Council officials were submitted to the court in support of the injunction application.
Having considered the matter, Judge O’Donoghue said he was satisfied the named individuals were causing an obstruction and that their presence on the road constitutes an unauthorised development.
Granting the application, the judge told the respondants they have to be “off the road and gone from the whole area” by midday on Sunday.