A member of the British aristocracy has begun legal proceedings to gain access to a pier and boat house at the centre of a dispute in Co Donegal.

Letterkenny Court.

Letterkenny Court.

Lord Rayleigh, a titled landlord from Chelmsford in Essex, appeared at the Circuit Court in Letterkenny yesterday.

The 55-year-old, listed as John Gerard Strutt in proceedings, is in dispute with Carrigart man Jack Green over the building and pier on Mulroy Bay.

Mr Green is suing for adverse possession of the property, claiming he has had continued use of the pier and boat house for several decades.

The English lord, the 6th Baron of Rayleigh, inherited the extensive estate of Lord Leitrim.

Barrister for Mr Green, Peter Nolan said the proceedings had an added motion where his client was also seeking a right of way to the pier.

Declan McHugh, barrister for Lord Raleigh, told Judge John Hannan that the case could not go ahead because of the time needed to hear the case.

“It will take at least two days and possibly a third day and because witnesses are travelling from outside the country I would ask that the case be prioritised,” he said.

Both parties agreed the case should be heard at the County Registrar’s Motions Court at the earliest opportunity.

Judge Hannan agreed to prioritise the case.

A date for a hearing was not set.


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