You know, this side of the story had to come out some time. It might be late, but it is better than never at all. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0820/breaking41.htm
A legal representative of employees of Royceton said they also support the application.
That is good news.
We have to make a firm legal distinction between Liam Carroll and those employees. (In terms of where peoples' basic rights do stand) It is good that the guys at Royceton will have their day in court. It is the least they deserve for many long years of service. It was their hard work which was behind everything at the Zoe group. Even though in the end, Liam Carroll didn't appreciate their efforts. Royceton was the central 'nerve centre' of operations. It was 'mission control' for Zoe developments and required an intense amount of social interaction and cross disciplinary team working. Socializing was never one of Liam Carroll's strongest attributes.
Towards the end, I was disappointed to listen to professionals who work for Liam Carroll making small of the contribution of Royceton down through the years. I told someone that Royceton had gained a human resources staff and a full functioning health and safety department. That and much more was achieved by David Torpey and John Pope who received a modest annual budget from Liam Carroll. I was told by professionals who had become very close (much too close) to Liam Carroll and his development business, that anything Royceton would attempt could not amount to much. They were lazy and inefficient I was told.
Having worked for Royceton myself, I could never accept that was the case. I received messages not so long ago from individuals working closely with Liam Carroll instructing me to shut my gob. Which only gave me more reason to get to the bottom of this mess. I knew that a 'false history' of Royceton was being constructed for a man who could not distinguish between fact and fiction. Liam Carroll was a man, we know was under huge stress. Liam had stopped visiting Royceton, was keeping very private and to himself. For a while I did my best to act as go-between. That never worked out, but I did get a view of the situation from both sides.
I think it was the unique innovations that Royceton brought into construction, and their efforts at forging a relationship with Danninger, the building side of operations and a whole network of sub-contractors, that was the real value of Zoe. Everything else, the ego massaging done with bank credit and adventures on the stock market, was secondary. Everyone wanted to get in on the action and be at the centre of Liam's enterprise somehow. I even met Seanie Fitzpatrick once in a draughty Danninger portacabin. But it is the achievements of Royceton, in terms of one human being helping out another, that will stay in my memory for a very long time.
Good luck to the guys in Royceton on their day in court.
Brian O' Hanlon