Residents in the Gleann Riada housing estate in Longford town are suing for damages following an explosion at a house in the estate last year.
It is now believed that the explosion occurred as a result of the build-up of methane gas. Nobody was injured during the explosion, however the house in question was badly damaged.
During a hearing at the High Court last week, Longford County Council - which is one of a number of parties being sued by the Gleann Riada residents - asked that the court dismiss the case against it, because of a failure by the residents to deliver statements of claim within the timeframe set by court rules.
Stephen O’Sullivan BL, for the residents, pointed out to the court that his clients’ needed more time “to formalise their claims” because works that would enable them to crystallise their losses had not concluded. “They also require an architect’s report and may bring claims for distress and inconvenience,” he added. In his deliberations, Master of the High Court, Edward Honohan said he would give Martina Conboy, chairwoman of the Gleann Riada residents’ association, five more weeks to deliver a statement of claim in her case. He also determined to adjourn the Council’s application to strike out 17 other cases until October.