14 February 2006

Moves against jailed picket trio adjourned

Irish Independent

COURT proceedings against three men who are now in jail after failing to comply with a court order restraining them from picketing a south Dublin building site were adjourned for two weeks yesterday.

Mr Justice Frank Clarke in the High Court adjourned the proceedings and said if they are still in prison after the period, arrangements should be made to have them in court.

Collen Construction, owners of a Ballybrack site where 77 local authority houses are being built, sought to move an application to have a full hearing on an injunction application restraining the men from picketing or interfering with its commercial contracts and economic relations.

Andrew Clarke, Cromlech Fields, Ballybrack; Keith Kelly, Ashlawn Park, Ballybrack and William McClurg, Sallynoggin were sent to prison last Friday for defying a High Court order not to beset, watch or picket the Ballybrack building site.

The men can return to court at any time and purge their contempt. They claim dozens of local building workers have gone on site seeking work where houses for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Council are being built but none were given a job or a promise of one.

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