A High Court judge has directed that the head of the controversial Rodolphus Allen Private Family Trust, Charlie Allen, should be released from custody after he gave an undertaking not to interfere with or trespass on lands in Co Kildare. Further legal proceedings are pending.
Mr Allen of Inistioge was arrested in Cork on November 25. An order was made for the arrest of Mr Allen in September for the purposes of being brought to court to answer claims of contempt of orders restraining interference with receivers appointed over 120 acres at Kennycourt Stud, Brannockstown, near Naas. The lands, excluding the home of the stud farm owner Eugene McDermott, were sold last month. The receivers, appointed by Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, allege that Mr Allen was among a “mob” that had last August forced the receiver’s agents off the lands and illegally occupied the stud farm.
They brought proceedings alleging contempt against Mr Allen, political activist Ben Gilroy and Mr McDermott. Mr McDermott last week purged his contempt while proceedings against Mr Gilroy have been adjourned to a full hearing. He denies contempt.
Following his arrest Mr Allen appeared before Mr Justice Seán Ryan yesterday. During the brief hearing, the judge said he would direct the release of Mr Allen from custody if he gave an undertaking not to trespass or interfere with the lands. Mr Allen said he was prepared to give those undertakings. Justice Ryan adjourned the case to January 21, when the proceedings against Mr Gilroy are also due to be heard. IBRC had appointed the receivers arising out of Mr McDermott’s failure to repay €814,000