Squatters must leave Dublin cottage within a month
A group squatting in a Dublin 7 cottage, owned by a sister and brother who live in Australia, have been told by a judge to quit the property within the next four weeks.
Owen Donnelly, counsel for Lorraine Lyons and Peter Harte said the cottage on Shamrock Street, Phibsborough was left to the siblings by their aunt who used to live there. The property had lain vacant for some time as title deeds could not be found and ownership had to be legally reconstructed, the court heard. He said the couple now wanted to sell the cottage .
In September 2016, the siblings learned that the locks on the house had been changed and a group, including Seán Fitzgerald (above) , had illegally taken up occupation of the property. The squatters had received warning letters but had refused to move out.
Mr Fitzgerald, who represented himself told, the court he was speaking on behalf of everyone in the property and they had all undertaken to leave within a month.