A Meath couple have been ordered by the High Court to demolish their family home which was built without planning permission.
Meath County Council sought the demolition order after the local couple had been refused retention permission for the house at Faughan Hill, Bohermeen near Navan.
Plumber Michael Murray and his wife Rose said they went ahead and built their family home without permission because they were frustrated with the planning laws.
They had been refused planning permission on several occasions, were in rented accommodation and were expecting a third child.
In his judgment today, Mr Justice John Edwards described the 588 square metre house as a very large and imposing stone clad two-storey dwelling. Its construction, he said, was a flagrant breach of the planning laws
The Murrays were given 24 months to demolish the residence.
Mr Justice Edwards added that while it gave him no pleasure to state the obvious, the couple had brought the situation about themselves.