A sheep farmer appeared in court recently and was ordered to pay over €30,000 in unpaid rent, as reported in the Limerick Leader.
The court case was in relation to ‘prime lands’ in the Lisnamuc area, Croagh. Mr. Mark Sadlier appeared in court and was told if he does not pay the owed money by the end of July, that he must vacate the lands in question.
The court case against Mr Sadlier was brought by Edalin Cusack, who claimed to not have received rent since September of last week. Edalin Cusack, a mother of five, sought an injunction requiring Mr Sadlier to vacate the premises, while also restoring them to their original state.
Representatives for Mrs Cusack claimed that more than €30,000 in unpaid rent was owed, as well as money earned by Mr Sadlier via the Single Farm Payment scheme. Mr. Sadlier accepted that he owed money to Mrs Cusack, but denied the amount suggested was correct and also claimed the plaintiff was not entitled to the Single Farm Payment.
Mr Sadlier did concur that Mrs Cusack was entitled to money under the BPS, but said he holds the entitlements for greening payments.
“She is an armchair recipient (of bps payments,) the greening is my section,” he said in court.
The courts heard that Mr Sadlier had a lease agreement with Mrs Cusack, requiring him to pay €12,000 in rent in April and September. Mr Sadlier told the courts that he intends to pay the money owed but is not able to at present. He said won’t be able to until August when his current crop of lambs are ready.
Judge Keys granted the interim injunction and told the farmer that he cannot farm prime lands such as these and pay when it suits him. Judge Keys agreed to place a stay on the order for five weeks, to give Mr Sadlier a chance to pay the €31,374 owed to Mrs Cusack.
They will appear for another hearing in July.