A judge said yesterday that ‘peace now reigns’ between two west Clare brothers who were before the court on charges arising from friction between the two.

At Kilrush District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan told Daniel Hayes, 61, and Michael Hayes, 65, both of Carnanes, Kilrush “to remove from yourselves any bitterness or bile you may have towards each other”.

He told the two: “It is a very short road we travel in this life.”

Judge Durcan yesterday ordered both men into the witness box.

Daniel Hayes told the court: “I just want to get it sorted.”

In his brief appearance in the witness box, Michael Hayes said: “I just want peace. I don’t want any more of it.”

Daniel Hayes was before the court accused of assaulting his brother at Carnanes, Kilrush on October 14, 2014 and of the criminal damage of the windscreen of his tractor.

Michael Hayes was before the court accused of the criminal damage of the rear window of Daniel Hayes’s Land Rover.

Daniel Hayes lives by himself on lands adjacent to the farm owned by his brother, who is married with a family.

The brothers both denied the charges against them.

The case first came before the court in October 2015 and Judge Durcan, after hearing Garda evidence in the case and before the brothers could give evidence, adjourned it to see how the brothers behaved in the meantime.

Judge Durcan adjourned the case after telling them that their deceased parents “would be turning in their graves” if they knew the two brothers were in court.

Judge Durcan told the Hayes brothers that “one of ye is as bad as the next” after hearing from Garda Niall Donegan said that there is “ongoing friction between the two brothers”.

Judge Durcan said: “This is not a case that should be wasting and taking up the time of the court.

“I am warning you both, if there is any cause for the Gardai to be called because of these people I want the Gardai to re-enter the case. This is not a matter that should be fought out in court like this.”

After hearing yesterday that there have been no further incidents between the brothers, and that neither has come to the attention of the gardaí since the adjournment, Judge Durcan said he would strike out all matters against the two.


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