Wednesday 12 December 2018

Greyhound says barring order has been breached

WASTE company Greyhound, which is embroiled in an industrial dispute with its workers over pay cuts, claims there have been several breaches of an injunction it obtained restraining protesters from blockcading waste collection.

Workers, their families and supporters have been picketing the Greyhound recycling and recovery plant in Clondalkin since June.

Greyhound last month obtained orders against those involved in the picket.


The orders restrain various parties including a number of employees; SIPTU, which represents a number of the workers; and any member of the public from engaging in unlawful picketing.

Joan Collins TD and councillors Tina McVeigh, Pat Dunne and Gino Kenny, who the company had claimed were involved in a campaign to impede waste collection throughout the city, were joined as notice parties to the proceedings.

The High Court on Wednesday evening granted Greyhound Recycling and Recovery permission to serve short service of a motion seeking the attachment and possible committal to prison of a number of parties for being in breach of court orders.

Yesterday at the High Court, Ms Justice Marie Baker agreed to adjourn the matter to next Tuesday.

Barrister Louis McEntagart BL, for Greyhound, said the matter can go back to allow the respondents to reply to the claims that they are in contempt.

Greyhound launched the contempt proceedings because it said there had been several incidents that amounted to a breach of the injunction.


These unlawful actions, it claims, have resulted in 15,000 bins remaining uncollected, which the company claims is "a clear health hazard".

The company claims a waste lorry could not enter its premises at Crag Avenue in Clondalkin on Tuesday because the entrance was blocked by picketers.

On Wednesday morning trucks were blocked and could not enter or leave Crag Avenue.

It is also alleged that late last month, protesters interfered with and impeded Greyhound employees from accessing the premises at Crag Avenue.

The company says those who have breached the orders are now in contempt of court.


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