Judge orders inquiry into woman detained in possession case
A judge of the High Court has ordered an inquiry into the legality of detaining a woman in Limerick Prison after she was found in contempt of a Circuit Court order to hand over possession of her home to a bank.
Mr Justice Max Barrett said he would direct an inquiry under article 40 of the Constitution into the legality of detaining Claire Knowles, 56.
The application was made by Ben Gilroy of Direct Democracy Ireland, a minor political party.
Mr Gilroy told the court there was “huge confusion” over Circuit Court possession orders, reinforcing an earlier row over which courts have jurisdiction over repossession cases.
When Ms Knowles appeared at the Circuit Court in October, Mr Judge Donagh McDonagh had told her he had no jurisdiction in the proceedings.
Ms Knowles was directed to appear in court this morning for the inquiry.