Carroll: 10 High Court actions against Danninger this year

Developer Liam Carroll is facing a legal action from Irish Nationwide against himself and one of his companies which is involved in a court dispute related to The Square shopping centre in Tallaght.

An application to have the case heard in the big business division of the High Court is due to be heard tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) has rejected claims by Carroll that he ceded land on Sir John Rogerson's Quay to them to "facilitate the relocation of the U2 Tower and associated urban space".

The DDDA has always denied having an agreement with Carroll in relation to the U2 tower.

The claim is made in a submission by Carroll's Dunloe Ewart to Dublin City Council in relation to its new city development plan.

Carroll also states that the land was ceded to allow "the realignment of the roadway and the provision of the proposed public transport bridge at this location".

The DDDA confirmed this aspect, stating that the land was transferred to it "in order to facilitate the delivery of the Dodder public transport bridge.

This was the subject of a planning certificate granted on 8 June 2007 in compliance with the Amended Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme"

Carroll owns a four-acre site on Sir John Rogerson's Quay where he is planning to develop a block of three commercial and office buildings with four residential blocks fronting Green Street East. He wants Dublin City Council to make clear that the existing zoning "does not mean that all developments" within that zoning "must contain a residential element".

The site formerly housed the Hammond Lane Metalworks and in 2007 Carroll applied to Dublin City Council to be allowed additional time to complete the development.

However, the council ruled that insufficient dev­elopment has been carried compared to the overall scale of the office development planned. He subsequently took legal action against the council. New legislation that is being introduced will allow developers extra time to complete developments if economic conditions mean they cannot go ahead. However, the legislation will not be retrospective meaning Carroll cannot benefit from it.

Carroll's main vehicle, Danninger, has had 10 High Court actions initiated against it since the start of the year.