Developer to seek court to force caravans off Laois yard


A development company is seeking a High Court injunction over what it claims is the ‘large scale’ illegal occupation of land earmarked for a major housing project in Co Laois.

The action was brought by Salzagold Limited, which claims the unlawful occupation has turned its property into “a base for anti-social behaviour”.

He says more than 40 caravans and more than 150 people are currently encroaching on land the company owns at Graiguecullen in County Laois, which it wants to turn into housing and other much-needed facilities for the nearby town of Carlow.

The occupiers, it claims, first entered the land earlier this month, refused to leave, and it is feared that 30 more caravans will soon arrive at the site, the High Court has heard .

The company says it is extremely concerned about the behavior of people it believes are occupying the land and have no authority to be there.

The alleged behavior includes starting large fires, anti-social behavior and dumping large amounts of trash and trash on the property.

The owner further expresses concern about the operation of a tree-cutting business on the land by the occupants without any health and safety procedures in place, and about car rides and the like dangerous vehicular activities by occupants on the site.

In recent days, the company said local firefighters had to put out a major fire that broke out at the site. A range of materials, including rubbish and wood, are believed to have been burned at the site.

The company represented by in the action brought by Stephen Byrne Bl the company is seeking various orders, including an injunction requiring unknown persons and anyone with knowledge of the orders to vacate and cease interfering with the lands.

The action is also against a named person who it claims acts as the spokesperson for the group, Mr Hugh Doyle, otherwise known as Hughie Doyle.

The court heard that the land in question had been previously illegally occupied in March this year. However, the small number of people who were on the land on that occasion left the site soon after, he claims.

The case came before Judge Brian O’Moore who granted the plaintiff, on an ex parte basis, permission to serve brief notice of the injunction proceedings on those who were unlawfully occupying the land.

The action will return to court next week.



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