The High Court has ordered people trespassing on a former car showroom building opposite the Met Office in Glasnevin, Dublin, to leave.
Sanderly Holdings sought the orders against "persons unknown trespassing on the lands and buildings" at the Glasnevin Hill property, formerly used by the Glasnevin Motor Group.
Sanderly has applied for permission to build a mixed used residential/retail development at the property.
The court heard a number of people appear to be living in some of the buildings and have put locks on doors and a gate.
Today, Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds granted the orders after expressing concern about health, safety and insurance issues. These created an urgency which could only be met by granting the orders, she said. She put a stay on the orders until 5pm today to give the occupants a chance to leave.
Sanderly director, Bryan Lawlor, in an affidavit, said he learned of the trespass on April 30 last.
Man said 'he was now the owner of the site'
He went to the property where he told a man with a North American accent he was a director of the company and he was trespassing. The man remained inside the locked gate.
The man replied it had been vacant for some time "that he had therefore taken it over and he was now the owner of the site".
Mr Lawlor asked him to identify himself but he refused. The man was clean and well dressed, he said.
Mr Lawlor also saw a woman and three other individuals, including two on the roof. They were dressed in black and a black flag was flying from the building.
He rang the gardaí and they told him officers would call but there followed two occasions when Mr Lawlor was unable to meet gardaí when they did attend.
Mr Lawlor was also informed that lights were on in the building which has given rise to concerns about where the electricity was being sourced.
Ms Justice Reynolds ordered the notices be placed on the building and under the door. She said the case could come back next week.