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Sinn Féin welcomes reports of CAB seizing Jackson Way's Carrickmines compensation

28 August, 2003


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Arthur Morgan has welcomed reports that the Criminal Assets Bureau is planning to seize any compensation awarded to Jackson Way Properties as a result of their claim against Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for land at Carrickmines in south county Dublin. The Sinn Féin deputy said, "it is about time the authorities got tough with this particular company and put an end to the blatant banditry that their compensation claim represents."

Deputy Morgan said, "Reports that the CAB intend seizing any compensation awarded to Jackson Way Properties as a result of their Carrickmines compensation claim are to be welcomed. Action like this has been long overdue. It is about time the authorities got tough with this particular company and put an end to the blatant banditry that their compensation claim represents.

"I would call on CAB and the Government to make provisions that if Jackson Way are successful in getting compensation from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown to ensure any monies seized are given straight back to the council for the provision of social and affordable housing.

"Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council already has one of the poorest records in providing housing for its population. It does not need to be further hampered in providing for its people by the sharp and very suspect practices of a shadowy number of greedy tax exiles.

"I would urge Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to fight this compensation claim to the very last. Whether it is through the CAB or the courts Jackson Way Properties must be left in no doubt that they will not now or ever benefit financially from the ownership of this land which was gained in very dubious circumstances." ENDS

Note to editor: In the last five years Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council only built 239 houses while at the same time private developers built in excess of 4000 mostly luxury homes.

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