Thursday February 27, 2020

The man who couldn’t be bought

On a Co Kildare farm, filmmaker Feargal Ward discovered what happened when all the force of international capital and state authority met an immovable object

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

14th October, 2018
Thomas Reid, the Co Kildare farmer who took the state to the Supreme Court after the IDA attempted to carry out the compulsory purchase of his land for industrial development;

It was the tail end of summer 2015, and Feargal Ward was driving down a country road on the border of Leixlip and Maynooth, near where his mother still lived. He stopped his car outside an old 17th-century house, curious about the handwritten signs that were stuck all over the front gates, radiating anxiety and urgency.

When Ward got out of the car, the owner of the house, a man by the name of Thomas Reid,...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Poor Sad Childless Jen is over. All hail Hot Happy Childfree Jen, in possession of a brand-new Sag award and the undying love of her famous ex

Emer McLysaght | 1 month ago

When Peter McGovern heard the CCJ being described as a colosseum, he knew he had succeeded

Rosanna Cooney | 1 month ago

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin this Saturday. Here’s your guide to what’s on, what it all means and, most importantly, where to eat the best dumplings

Sarah Taaffe-Maguire | 1 month ago