The general manager of one of Ireland’s leading hotels has appeared in court charged with possession of stolen property.

Anthony Smiddy, (47), of 42, Waterside PARK, Malahide County Dublin, who works at the Johnstown House Hotel in Enfield County Meath, was accused of possessing a white industrial bulk container and three pallets knowing that the property was stolen or being reckless as to whether or not it was stolen between July 16th and 19th this year.

He was charged, at Trim district court, today’(Tuesday), under Section 18 of the Criminal Justice Act 2001.

The case was adjourned until early in the New Year.



The court hearing is the latest episode in what has been a long-running dispute between the hotel and a number of individuals who own apartments on the grounds of the upmarket premises.

The industrial bulk container is believed to be a water tank that was removed from outside one of the apartments.

Other incidents have seen shipping containers placed outside the apartments partially blocking owner’s access and water and electric supplies being disconnected, there is no suggestion Mr. Smiddy had anything to do with those incidents.

CCTV cameras were also placed on the containers.

The containers have been installed on the Johnstown House hotel complex now owned by businessman Barry English and his wife.

Mr. English gave evidence to the Mahon Tribunal as one of the dig-out businessmen named by Bertie Ahern as cash donors to explain mysterious cash lodgements to his bank account. He said he was moved to give the former Taoiseach IR£5,000 in cash.