IDA can buy Kildare farmer’s land without his consent - High Court

Hedsor House, Blakestown.
A farmer in Co Kildare may appeal to the Supreme Court after the High Court decided the IDA is entitled to compulsorily buy this land.

A farmer in Co Kildare may appeal to the Supreme Court after the High Court decided the IDA is entitled to compulsorily buy this land.

Thomas Reid could be now forced from his home after losing a High Court Case on 19 September.

The 72 acres owned by Mr Reid, is beside the Carton House Estate and Intel, and is the subject of a Compulsory Purchase Order order by the Industrial Development Authority.

Mr. Reid’s family has owned the 18th century Hedsor House at Blakestown, Maynooth, for over 100 years.

Mr. Reid declined an offer to sell up the land for development.

The 51-year-old has lost a court action in which he argued his Constitutional rights were breached and that the inquiry process which led to the IDA’s decision was flawed.

The court expressed sympathy for Mr Reid’s position but said many sacrifices must be made in light of the need, never greater, to increase employment and generate business for the country as a whole

In a reserved judgement on 19 September, Mr Justice John Hedigan concluded that “the national interest must outweigh the individual”.

Mr. Reid has fought a long campaign against the move by the IDA, which wants the land for potential expansion at Intel Ireland.