Morrison case costs yet to be decided


THE ISSUE of liability for the costs of a six-day High Court hearing involving Michelle Morrison will be dealt with after the full court action is determined, a judge said yesterday. On October 7th last, Ms Morrison secured leave to bring a judicial review challenge to the alleged failure of her local council to protect her family’s privacy when dealing with planning permissions for a neighbour’s house in Dalkey, Dublin.

Mr Justice Michael Hanna granted leave to Ms Morrison, Kilross House, Sorrento Road, to seek orders quashing Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s decision to accept a notice of compliance with a planning permission issued for the redevelopment of neighbouring Mount Alverno, where Desmond and Mary Kavanagh live.

At the end of that hearing, Mr Justice Hanna granted Ms Morrison, the wife of singer Van Morrison, leave for judicial review. Yesterday, the judge said all he had determined so far was that Ms Morrison had established a substantial issue to be tried entitling her to judicial review, he said. She could lose the case and the question of costs should be reserved to the final hearing, he said.