Cou­ple left with­out run­ning wa­ter

The Irish Times - - Home News - AODHÁN Ó FAOLÁIN

A cou­ple whose home in Co Wick­low has been with­out run­ning wa­ter since Septem­ber af­ter a JCB de­stroyed a pump­house serv­ing the prop­erty have brought High Court pro­ceed­ings against their neigh­bours and rel­a­tives.

An­thony and Kath­leen Ho­gan, of Mul­lica Lower, Donard, Dunlavin, have brought the case against Kevin Lawlor Snr, a brother of Ms Ho­gan, and his son Kevin Jnr, also of Mul­lica Lower.

Ro­nan Lup­ton BL, in­structed by Clarke Jef­fers Solic­i­tors, for the Ho­gans, said they be­lieve but they can­not say for cer­tain, that Mr Lawlor Snr de­mol­ished the pump­house.

Since that in­ci­dent, Mr Lawlor Snr has taken steps to im­pede any­one try­ing to re­store wa­ter sup­ply to the Ho­gans’ home and erected a steel fence ef­fec­tively block­ing ac­cess to the site of the pump­house, the court was told. Mr Jus­tice Tony O’Con­nor granted the ap­pli­ca­tion for per­mis­sion to serve short no­tice of in­junc­tion pro­ceed­ings on the Lawlors and re­turned the mat­ter to next week.

Right of way

Mr Lup­ton said the pump­house was lo­cated on Mr Lawlor’s prop­erty over which his clients claim to have a right of way.

In a sworn state­ment, Mr Ho­gan said his brother-in-law has a “very un­pleas­ant dis­po­si­tion”.

All mem­bers of the ex­tended Lawlor fam­ily, “if they were hon­est, live in fear of Kevin Snr” be­cause of his “ag­gres­sive and un­pre­dictable na­ture par­tic­u­larly when he is drunk”, he said.

Mr Ho­gan said, on the night the pump­house was de­stroyed, Mr Lawlor Snr was found by gar­daí driv­ing a ve­hi­cle at speed across a self-made path­way at the rear of the Ho­gans’ prop­erty.

Mr Lawlor Snr was “very in­tox­i­cated” at the time and was taken away by gar­daí, he said.

Work­ers hired by the Ho­gans were told by Mr Lawlor Snr that “the pump was his” and had “noth­ing to do with the Ho­gans” and he would not al­low them to ap­proach the site, Mr Ho­gan said.

Be­fore that in­ci­dent, Mr Ho­gan said Mr Lawlor Snr told him in a threat­en­ing man­ner he would de­mol­ish the pump­house, with­out giv­ing a rea­son. As well as be­ing a se­ri­ous nui­sance, the in­ci­dents had af­fected the plain­tiffs’ health, it is claimed.

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