Norbrook owner to construct new path as ‘gesture of goodwill’

February 24, 2014

A dispute over a pubic right of way, which led to court action between Newry and Mourne District Council and a local businessman, was settled on Wednesday, just days before a two-week trial of the case was to begin.

The dispute centred on a laneway close to the estate of Norbrook Laboratories owner, Lord Ballyedmond – also known as Edward Haughey – beside Killowen beach in Co. Down.  The Council wanted the path to be open to the public to gain access to the beach whereas Lord Ballyedmond had sought a ruling banning its public use.    The industrialist, and Northern Ireland’s richest man, had previously secured an injunction preventing public access to the laneway after raising concerns that alleged trespassers may come close to sensitive research facilities.

In a High Court hearing on Wednesday it was revealed that settlement had been reached between the two parties, part of which will include the construction of a new coastal path by Dr. Haughey as a ‘gesture of goodwill’.

It is understood that once the path is built, the Council will have responsibility for managing and maintaining the route.