The High Court has urged the parties in a dispute over Dublin’s Iveagh Markets building to try again to settle their differences through mediation.
Mr Justice Michael Twomey made the recommendation as part of a judgment in which he agreed that the issue of who owns the south inner city building, which is a national monument, should be dealt with first if the High Court dispute is to be heard.
The dispute involves publican and businessman Martin Keane, Arthur Edward Rory Guinness and Dublin City Council.
Mr Keane, who had been in occupation in anticipation of redeveloping the property since 1997, and his companies, have brought the action for trespass and possession arising out of his eviction from the premises in 2020 by Mr Guinness, who is successor to the original owner, Lord Iveagh.
Mr Keane, and three of his companies, Slatterys, Traditional Iveagh Market and Iveagh Market Hotels, are suing Mr Guinness (otherwise Arthur Rory Edward Iveagh).
Mr Guinness/Lord Iveagh denies the Keane claims and has counterclaimed that the Keane side are the trespassers and have damaged the premises which is a protected structure.
There are separate proceedings relating to title between the Guinness side and Dublin City Council which claims it is the owner arising out of the building having been gifted to the city by the first Lord Iveagh in 1906 with a condition that ownership reverted if it ceased to be used as a market.
The Guinness/Iveagh side applied to the court for the hearing to be conducted on a modular basis with the issue of ownership dealt with first.
In a judgment, Mr Justice Twomey said the court did not see any prejudice to any of the parties in taking a modular approach to the hearing and it will also be in the interests of the administration of justice to do so.