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Labour asks lawyers for file on Castletown rights

President Michael D. Higgins visits Castletown House, Celbridge.

President Michael D. Higgins visits Castletown House, Celbridge.

A group of barristers has been asked to prepare a case supporting the claims of the Castletown Right of Way Group (CROW).

Deputy Emmet Stagg, has confirmed that he has asked the Labour party group of lawyers, including a well known senior counsel, to prepare a file supporting the CROW case.

The OPW will consider the case issue if a legal case is put to them.

The CROW group, including Liam Roe, says historic rights of way through the estates following the decision of the Office of Public Works to close the gates of the estate at night.

It says the County Council identified a right of way in a previous case.

The OPW says that security is an issue at the estate and that the large amounts of money spent on the Castletown and the estate could be put at risk. It says it is not economical to have the estate open 24 hours a day as requested by CROW.

Deputy Stagg said he was a “bit concerned” that an elitist group could be trying to exclude the public from a Demesne, which was bought on behalf of the public by President Michael D. Higgins. He believes CROW has a good case. “If it is the OPW will have to put up with it.”

Deputy Stagg said a fence would not stop vandalism and that the public users could prevent it. “For that very reason, the OPW has decided to keep Herbert Park (in Ballsbridge) open 24 hours.”

 

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