Court date set for Cassidy Brothers’ planning case

May 23, 2023

A hearing date has been set for a case involving a Donegal company that is at the centre of the defective blocks scandal.

Donegal County Council had issued legal proceedings against Cassidy Brothers Concrete Products Limited.

The case was before today’s sitting of Buncrana District Court.

The company is set to fight the case, which is over its alleged non-compliance with various planning conditions.

Solicitor for Donegal County Council, Mr Kevin McElhinney said he was seeking a hearing date in the matter.

When asked by Judge Éiteáin Cunningham how long the case would take, Mr McElhinney said he ‘doesn’t anticipate that it will take too long’.

Judge Cunningham listed the case for hearing at Buncrana District Court on November 28, 2023.

Cassidy Brothers Concrete Products Limited are represented in the matter by Mr Eamon Dillon Solicitors.

The issue centres on non-compliance with planning conditions and the company headquarters at Gransha, Buncrana.

When planning permission was granted in June 2020, 14 conditions were imposed, relating to the resurfacing of a road, the construction of pedestrian crossings and the widening of a junction at the site.

All heavy commercial vehicles were restricted to using the road network via Looking Glass Brae, Gransha Road, Gransha Road Lower and Gransha Road Upper.

The company was told to upgrade the Mill Brae junction, the intersection of Gransha Road and Looking Glass Brae, to provide a widened kerbline as current heavy goods traffic is mounting and damaging the kerbs.

Two pedestrian crossings were to be installed at Gransha Road.

The council also ordered Cassidys to pay €650,000 in outstanding security bonds and development charges. These monies due by December 2020.

The company was given 12 weeks to comply.

An enforcement notice was subsequently served on Cassidy’s in May 2022 and in January of this year a summons was issued.

In a statement last year, Cassidy Brothers said: “Our discussions with council officials are partly based on the fact that extraction at the Gransha quarry is presently ceased, resulting in a very significant reduction in road usage. We will continue to co-operate fully with Donegal County Council.”


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