Farmer wins court battle to stop IDA taking his Co Kildare land

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Thomas Reid with his cattle Pic: Feargal Ward

Thomas Reid fought objected attempts to acquire his farm by CPO claiming EU was acting as "stalking horses" for American companies

A farmer has won a Supreme Court appeal stopping the Industrial Development Authority from acquiring his lands beside Carton House and Intel in Co Kildare.

Mr Justice Liam McKechnie, in a decision unanimously backed by the five judge court, ruled that the IDA had acted beyond its powers in making a compulsory purchase order for the lands.

He found that the Industrial Development Act 1986 did not “confer any power...

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