THE HIGH COURT
RECORD NO. 2819P/2007
CATHERINE MURPHY and
THE MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, IRELAND AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
23rd April 2007
1. The Plaintiffs’ motion for directions came before the Court.
2. Counsel for the Plaintiffs indicated that the respective counsel for the parties had discussed the issues and the Defendants had indicated that their defence was being drafted and was expected to be completed shortly.
3. Counsel for the Plaintiffs said that the Plaintiffs had written to the Defendants seeking an Appearance from the Defendants and also seeking agreement for an application to get directions from the court. In these circumstances, he said, the Plaintiffs were applying for costs on the motion.
4. Counsel for the Defendants opposed the application for costs and said he was sure the court would have many more important things to consider than the costs on the motion and he would be satisfied to have the costs reserved. He indicated that he believed the parties would need to exchange witness statements and hoped that he might be ready by Thursday in this regard and in regard to the service of a defence.
5. Counsel for the Defendants said, in so many words, it was undesirable that the issue should be left unresolved with an election in the offing.
6. The judge indicated that, without binding anyone, he felt it might be a case where particular matters might be agreed between the parties, with a consequent saving in time; that the outstanding issues might be reduced to legal argument.
7. The parties indicated they would commence the necessary work and hoped to be in a better position by Thursday to say when they would be ready for trial. They said a trial on Thursday of next week might be achievable.
8. The court indicated the matter would be listed again on 26th April 2007 to review the situation. The court reserved the costs on the Motion.