Hotel fails to remove shipping containers around homes

Despite an enforcement order from Meath County Council, the 40ft steel containers still surround privately owned houses on Johnstown Estate

Shipping containers and hoarding have been erected by the estate owner in front of lodge-style homes beside the hotel at the Johnstown Estate in Enfield, Co Meath. Picture: Barry Cronin

The Johnstown Estate, a four-star hotel owned by businessman Barry English, has yet to remove large steel cargo containers that it erected around homes near the hotel, despite being legally ordered to do so.

Over the past few months, 40-foot steel shipping containers have been stacked around several privately owned lodge-style homes located beside the hotel in Enfield, Co Meath.

Gerry O’Gorman and Kieran O’Connell, who acquired their lodges in 2006 and 2007, told the Business Post that in addition to their properties being blocked off by containers, the electricity and gas supply has also been cut.