A judge ordered that all people who breached an order to vacate a Dublin building housing homeless people be arrested and brought before the High Court by gardaí to answer for failing to comply with the order.
He was ordered in relation to people associated with a group known as the Revolutionary Housing League (RHL) who allegedly occupied Parkgate House in Dublin 8 illegally.
At today’s High Court vacation sitting, Mr Justice Mark Hesslin said he was satisfied that there had been a serious breach of an injunction given by the court last week requiring all occupiers to vacate immediately.
The building’s owner, financial fund Davie Platform ICAV, acting on behalf of its sub-fund, the Phoenix Sub-Fund and Ruirside Developments, plans to develop the now unused site into 519 rental units and other amenities.
The judge said he was satisfied from the evidence placed before the court that there was a willful violation of the “clear provisions” of the high court order, for which they were made aware.
As a result, the judge said that Sean Doyle, who appeared to be the leader of the RHL, and all other people found at the premises should be brought to the High Court by gardaí to answer the contempt claims. Court.
If Mr Doyle, or anyone brought before the court in connection with the matter, continues to refuse to comply with the gardaí order, they are likely to be committed to Mountjoy Prison.
The judge remanded the orders back to court next Monday.
Seeking the order, Stephen Byrne, BL for the plaintiffs, said that based on observations by agents acting for his clients and based on social media posts, it appeared that RHL had no intention of complying with the High Court’s order.
The counsel said that the terms of the injunction granted were clear and all concerned were aware of the “clear terms” of the injunction.
The lawyer said some people were in the process of moving out of the building and some personal belongings were removed. However, “a significant number of people are on the premises in violation of court orders”.
After the injunction was granted, the lawyer said the attachment and commitment order was being sought as RHL held a concert with live music and around 200 people attended the venue last weekend.
Mr Byrne said another event could take place at the property and his clients said there were serious health and safety concerns about the building and that it was unsuitable for accommodating people.
The lawyer said that the insurer had withdrawn the insurance cover for the building after the fact that his clients were unable to keep the building safe.
Mr Byrne said social media posts from people alleged to have breached the order suggested orders for their attachment and commitment had already been made and RHL believed their arrest was imminent. The court heard that a protest was organized outside the building this morning.
The application for attachment and committal order was not opposed and no appearances or representations were made on behalf of the alleged contraveners of the orders.
The plaintiffs claimed that the RHL members barricaded themselves inside the building and refused to leave.
As a result of their failure to vacate the premises, the plaintiffs instituted High Court proceedings against all occupants of the premises and against a number of persons including Mr Doyle.
The property was previously run by fabric wholesalers, Hickey and Company Ltd, which vacated the site two years ago.
It was claimed that it had been illegally occupied since late August when banners were seen hanging from the side of the property, which adjoins the River Liffey, and the defendants “barred themselves into the property”.
Arguing in court last week, Mr Doyle opposed the application for an injunction.
He said the building has been purchased, renamed the Aonad Sean Houston and will be used to help homeless people of all nationalities during the homelessness crisis.