Lissadell House

  • The centenary of women's suffrage is being marked in County Sligo today.

    A seminar in honour of the achievements made by women in the trade union movement and politics is being held in Lissadell House.

    SIPTU's hosting the summer school to recognise the contribution Constance Markievicz made to women in politics and to the people of the North West.

    SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council Secretary, John McCarrick says she helped women get the vote.

  • This Friday and Saturday, the SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council will hold a seminar at Lissadell House in Sligo to mark the centenary of women's suffrage.

    The Markievicz / Partridge seminar will mark 100 years of the achievements made by women in the Irish trade union movement and in Irish politics.

    The event will recognise the contribution Countess Markievicz made to the trade union movement and women in politics, and her ancestral home - Lissadell House - will host the event.

    One of the owners of Lissadell House Constance Cassidy is among the speakers at the 2-day event, along with Minister of State for Education Mary Mitchell-O'Connor, Tish Gibbons of SIPTU and Labour historian Therese Moriarty.

  • Sligo County Council is disputing aspects of a €5m legal costs bill being sought from the council by the owners of Lissadell, for their marathon legal action over public rights of way across the historic estate.

    The Irish Independent reports that the main dispute concerns a total instructions fee for about €2.7m sought by Sligo-based McGovern Walsh & Co Solicitors, solicitors for the owners, barristers Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy, following a 58-day High Court case and 9-day Supreme Court appeal.

    The council contends the instructions fee is excessive.

    The owners' case, initiated in 2009, incurred total costs estimated at about €7m.

    The Supreme Court had in 2014 ordered the council to pay three-quarters of the legal costs incurred by the owners in the High and Supreme Courts.

    The council must also pay its own legal costs bill, estimated at about €2m.

    Yesterday, a hearing  - which is expected to last several days - opened before High Court Taxing Master James Behan to deal with issues arising from the owners' bill of costs.

    Master Behan is first hearing submissions on behalf of the owners, and will then hear the council's response.