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LATE, LATE DEAL; Chatshow host agrees to BUY disputed land for pounds 800k.

Byline: BY PAT FLANAGAN

VETERAN broadcaster Pat Kenny yesterday settled his bitter land war with his neighbour - by agreeing to pay more than pounds 800,000 for the disputed patch of scrub.

The Late Late Show host and his wife Kathy will buy the quarter-acre outcrop known as Gorse Hill from retired solicitor Gerard Charlton after both parties entered out-of-court talks.

On the steps of the High Court in Dublin, the RTE presenter said he was happy with the deal for the rocky outcrop next to his home in Dalkey, South Dublin.

But Mr Kenny, 60, added he was disappointed he could not hit back at earlier claims he was aggressive and raised his fists to his neighbours. He said assertions made in court by counsel for the Charlton family would have been completely denied if the case had gone ahead.

Mr Kenny added: "Some people who were not in court may have thought this was a David and Goliath battle. It was not. It was a dispute between us and a neighbour who is a successful and experienced solicitor and owner of properties."

The broadcaster said the "entire episode has been deeply distressing"and added his family wanted to "put it behind" them.

After the brief High Court hearing yesterday, Mr Charlton, 73, said both he and his wife Maeve were relieved the traumatic row was over.

He added: "We are very happy with this outcome."

Last week Justice Maureen Harding Clark advised both parties to try and settle the dispute outside court as it would only lead to further bitterness and huge costs.

Mr Charlton said he bought the land along with his home in 1971 but Mr Kenny said he acquired in by virtue of adverse possession or "squatter's rights".

Both parties have agreed to pay their own legal costs thought to be pounds 400,000.

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Date:Apr 16, 2008
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