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Family home ‘wrongfully demolished’

THE High Court has found that consultant engineers and Limerick County Council were responsible for the wrongful demolition of a family home during the construction of a new dual carriageway between Limerick and Nenagh. Brian and Mary O’Shaughnessy described the destruction of their single storey two bedroom old Irish farmhouse, The Hollows at Annaholty, Birdhill, County Tipperary on September 6, 2006 was a nightmare. The site was never used for the new road. Giving judgment, Mr Justice Donald Binchy, who said it was “abundantly clear” what happened “was not down to any single act”, found the consultant engineers, which was a joint venture called RPS Scetauroute, was 70% responsible while the local authority was 30% responsible. A third party which carried out the actual demolition was found not to be negligent in the matter. The O’Shaughnessys sought damages for alleged negligence from several parties, including Limerick CC/The National Roads Authority, who it was claimed were both responsible for the operation, …

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High Court told cottage ‘demolished without permission’

The eight and a half year nightmare endured by a County Clare couple after their home was, without any prior notice to them, demolished while a new dual carriageway was being constructed between Limerick and Nenagh, was outlined in the High Court on Wednesday. Brian and Mary O’Shaughnessy,originally from County Clare, have been living in rented accommodation after their single storey two bedroom, described as an old Irish farmhouse, at Annaholty, Birdhill, was razed to the ground and the site cleared on September 6, 2006. The court heard while other houses in that area had been acquired and demolished in order to construct the dual carriageway, the O’Shaughnessys, whose property is close to the new road, were informed by the National Roads Authority (NRA) in 2003 their home did not need to be acquired in order to complete the project. As a result of the loss of their home, which the couple was renovating at the time, they are seeking …

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