Limerick council monitoring building site amid 'Dale Farm scenario' fears

David Hurley

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Members of the armed Regional Support Unit accompanied officials from Limerick City and County Council to the construction site at Ballycummin

Members of the armed Regional Support Unit accompanied officials from Limerick City and County Council to the construction site at Ballycummin

OFFICIALS from Limerick City and County Council are continuing to monitor the activities of workers at a construction site on the outksirts of the city amid concerns that a 'Dale Farm type-scenario' might develop.

The local authority has been granted an interim injunction requiring that all unauthorised works at the site at Ballycummin, Raheen be stopped pending a full court hearing on the matter early next month.

While Ellen Cawley of Toppins Field Halting Site has been granted planning permission to build a two-storey house at the site, it is the council’s contention that additional unauthorised works have been carried out in recent weeks.

During an ex-parte application (one-side only) Pat Quinn BL, instructed by solicitor Will Leahy, told Judge Francis Comerford the council was concerned it could be faced with a “Dale Farm type scenario” if the order was not granted.

Members of the armed Regional Support Unit accompanied council officials to the site last Friday morning as they personally served workers with copies of the court order – as per Judge Comerford’s instructions.

In an email which was sent to councillors about the matter, a council official stated it would “monitor the site over the coming weeks to see if the injunction prohibiting works is complied with”.

The Limerick Leader understands ‘new’ workers arrived on the site this Wednesday morning.