Resolution reached over disputed lands at Lodgewood
FOLLOWING a lengthy high-profile dispute which traipsed through the courts on several occasions, it seems a resolution has been reached in a case involving lands at Lodgewood in Ferns.
Vegetable growers John B Dockrell Ltd of Screen took out an injunction against John Kinsella who, it was alleged, had trespassed on the some 150 acres.
It was also claimed that Kinsella had blocked access to the lands and erected signs referring to ‘Vulture funds and land grabbers’ and threatening that ‘trespassers will be shot’. The land had been purchased by John B Dockrell from a so-called ‘vulture fund’ back in 2017 and since then, have been the subject of intense dispute.
The Lodgewood lands had been bought by John and Michael Kinsella back in 2008 and, following the economic collapse, they found themselves with significant debts as assets diminished. The Kinsellas always claimed that they had engaged with their financial institution, Friends First, at every step of the way, however, their loan was sold as part of a portfolio to Emberton Finance in 2016. At the time, the brothers claimed that their loan had been sold for a fraction of what they had offered as a settlement to Friends First. It was in 2017 that Emberton sold the lands to John B Dockrell Ltd.
In August of this year, three relatives of John Kinsella, including brother Michael, were arrested by gardaí at the Lodgewood site for attempting to illegally harvest the crops there. This had come just after John Kinsella spent a few hours in Mountjoy Prison for breaching the terms of an injunction which prevented him coming within 100 metres of the lands, interfering with the property, and from
blocking and impeding any entrances to the lands.
When the matter returned before the courts on Thursday, Benedict Ó’Flionn SC, acting for John B Dockrell, told Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington that, following talks with a lawyer for Mr Kinsella, this ‘rather tangled matter’ had been resolved.
As part of the settlement, it was agreed that the court could make certain orders with the consent of both parties. They were that Mr Kinsella, all persons acting in concert with him and all persons having knowledge of the order, are restrained from trespassing on or attending at the lands at Lodgewood. It was also ordered that there would be no interference with or obstruction of the lands, including the blocking of the entrances by the defendant.
Mr Kinsella was unreachable for comment at the time of going to print.