Krikke v Barranafaddock Sustainability Electricity Ltd

JurisdictionIreland
JudgeClarke C. J.,O'Donnell J.,Charleton J.,O'Malley J.,Baker J.
Judgment Date18 June 2020
Neutral Citation[2020] IESC 33
Docket Number[Appeal No: 10/20]
CourtSupreme Court
Date18 June 2020
BETWEEN/
KRIKKE & ORS
PLAINTIFFS/RESPONDENTS
AND
BARRANAFADDOCK SUSTAINABILITY ELECTRICITY LTD
DEFENDANTS/APPELLANTS

[2020] IESC 33

Clarke C. J.

O'Donnell J.

Charleton J.

O'Malley J.

Baker J.

[Appeal No: 10/20]

THE SUPREME COURT

Stay – Interests of justice – Change in circumstances – Whether the Court of Appeal erred in its assessment of the weight to be attributed to the various factors in the case – Whether the Supreme Court ought to lift the stay imposed by the Court of Appeal on the High Court order

Facts: The Supreme Court was in a position to rule that it had come to the view that the Court of Appeal erred in its assessment of the weight to be attributed to the various factors in the case. To that extent, the Court proposed to allow the appeal in principle.

The Court did not propose to lift the stay imposed by the Court of Appeal on the High Court order. The principal reasons for this were that the Court of Appeal had been able to hear the substantive appeal in early course and that there had been a significant change in circumstances since the making of the High Court order. As noted in the statement of case circulated to the parties, Simons J was not aware, when he considered the question of a stay, that An Bórd Pleanála would undertake, in associated judicial review proceedings, not to process the application of the respondent for substitute consent pending the outcome of an appeal to the Supreme Court in connected proceedings in which separately An Taisce and a Mr Sweetman had challenged aspects of the substitute consent process.

While it was the Court’s view that Simons J was correct in the approach which he took having regard to the circumstances as they appeared at the relevant time, the Court felt that, having regard to the significant change in circumstances, the interests of justice would best be served by not interfering with the stay imposed by the Court of Appeal and leaving it to that court to determine the position in the light both of the judgment which it gave on the substantive issue on the appeal before it and, should it arise, the possibility that planning regularisation may be required.

Appeal allowed.

Ruling of the Court delivered the 18th day of June, 2020.
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At the close of the hearing in this case the parties were told that, while judgment was reserved, they would be notified of the outcome in early course.

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  • Krikke v Barranafaddock Sustainability Electricity Ltd
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • 17 July 2020
    ...database, that while the Court would allow the appeal in principle it would not interfere with the stay granted by the Court of Appeal ([2020] IESC 33). The principal reasons, as stated in the ruling, were, firstly, that the Court of Appeal had been able to hear the substantive appeal in ea......

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