Beef protest proceedings struck out of High Court
Agreement reached between factory owners and protesters following alleged breach of injuctions
High Court proceedings have been struck out following agreement between beef-processing factory owners and protesters
High Court proceedings that could have resulted in the imprisonment of protesters outside two beef processing plants have been struck out following an agreement between the factory owners and the protesters.
Mr Justice Anthony Barr was informed on Friday morning’s holiday sitting of the court that proceedings brought by Dawn Meats seeking to attach and have several protesters committed to prison for the alleged breach of injunctions previously granted by the court could be struck out.
Separate proceedings brought by Liffey Meats, which had previously obtained injunctions preventing protesters from blockading three of their plants, were also struck out on consent following an agreement reach between those parties.
Earlier this week Dawn Meats secured permission from the court to bring motions seeking to attach and commit to prison 18 protesters at two of its beef plants for an alleged breach of court orders.
The plants in question were Dawn’s facilities at Rathdowney, Co Laois, and Grannagh, Co Kilkenny.
The company claimed a number of persons had breached injunctions that prevented protesters from to trespassing at the plants, blocking the entrances of the factories and intimidating employees or visitors seeking to egress the facilities.
The 18 included nine “John Does” who are not named but were specifically identified to Mr Justice Anthony Barr in photographs taken at one of the plants.
Nine others associated with alleged breaches of a High Court injunction were named in the proceedings.
When the matter returned before the judge on Friday, Declan McGrath SC, appearing with Stephen Walsh Bl, for Dawn Meats said following talks between the sides it had been agreed the attachment and committal motions could be struck out.
In a seperate action, Rory Mulcahy SC, for Liffey Meats, said proceedings brought by his client, where it was seeking injunctions preventing several individuals from unlawfully protesting, trespassing or intimidating customers, suppliers or staff at Liffey Meats plants could on consent be struck out.
After striking out the matter the judge also granted Liffey Meats liberty to apply to the court should the need arise.