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Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond - From Wikipedia

Edward Enda Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond, OBE (born 5 January 1944) is an entrepreneur and politician. With an estimated personal wealth of £350m, he is the 2nd richest person in Northern Ireland, 7th richest in Ireland and the 174th richest person in the United Kingdom.


Edward Haughey was born in Kilcurry, north of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland on 1944 and educated by the Christian Brothers in Dundalk. He married Mary Gordon Young in 1972, by whom he had two sons and a daughter.

Haughey emigrated to the United States for four years in the 1960s, but returned home and founded a veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturing business in 1968. He has been Chairman of Newry-based Norbrook Laboratories and Norbrook Holdings since 1980. Norbrook employs 1,300 people worldwide, 1,000 of them in Northern Ireland. He also started an air travel business principally Haughey Air, Carlisle Airport (sold to WA Developments in May 2006), and a helicopter charter company.

He owns Ballyedmond Castle in Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland and Corby Castle in Cumbria, England.

On 1st July 2008 Haughey was made an Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University of Ulster recognition of his contribution to the development of the international pharmaceutical industry .


Haughey was nominated to the Seanad ("Seanad Éireann" or Irish senate) by the then Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, in 1994, and nominated again by Bertie Ahern in 1997. He has been a member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body since 1997. In 2004, Haughey was made a life peer as Baron Ballyedmond of Mourne in the County of Down and sat in the British House of Lords on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party, before switching to the Conservative Party[5].

Haughey had previously donated several million pounds to the Conservatives and had also been associated with the Republic of Ireland's Fianna Fáil party. Lord Ballyedmond is the second person to have sat in both the upper houses of the United Kingdom and post-independence Ireland after:

* 6th Marquess of Lansdowne in 1927
* 3rd Earl of Iveagh, who sat in the Seanad in the 1970s as a nominee of Liam Cosgrave but was not active in the House of Lords despite being entitled to sit there

On 16 August 2006, Irish police found an explosive device at a construction site for an estate Haughey was building in County Louth. The bomb appeared to consist of fertilizer-type explosive material weighing approximately 70lb. The illegal splinter group, the Real IRA has been active in the area recently and is considered a likely suspect.

Haughey has served as an Honorary Consul to the Republic of Chile.




Lord Ballyedmond and son get go-ahead for libel action - Edward Haughey

Last updated 08:27, Friday, 14 November 2008

Lord Ballyedmond and his son have been given the go-ahead to sue over what they say are defamatory comments made following a disagreement about ancient fishing rights.
Lord Ballyedmond: Was distressed by comments

The peer, whose limited company owns the Corby Castle estate in Cumbria, has launched libel proceedings against the secretary of the Eden Owners Association (EOA), James Carr, a farmer and former chairman of the Cumberland Building Society.

Lord Ballyedmond has been joined in the High Court action by his son, Edward Haughey.

The EOA represents the interests of its members, who all own fishing rights on the River Eden and its tributaries.

It aims to further the river as a salmon, brown trout and sea trout fishery.

At the moment, the Environment Agency limits salmon fishing on the river.

Lawyers for Mr Carr, of Moorhouse Hall, Warwick-on-Eden, told the judge Mr Justice Eady that, as the Corby Castle Estate has a certificate of exemption which allows the use of stone traps on its stretch of river, the interests of its parent company and the EOA “do not necessarily collide”.

Barrister Matthew Nicklin told the judge in March that Mr Haughey appeared at a meeting called between members of the EOA and haaf netters, who fish on the Solway Estuary.

Haaf netting dates back to Viking times and involves salmon being caught in hand-held nets and dispatched with a mallet.

In April, Mr Carr published documentation for the EOA’s forthcoming AGM, and Lord Ballyedmond and Mr Haughey say some of the passages it contains are defamatory.

The documents alleged that Mr Haughey did not shake hands with named members of the EOA but greeted haaf netters “warmly”.

They went on to allege Mr Haughey said the meeting was taking place “ultra vires” – or beyond lawful power – that he refused to allow members to respond to his allegations, and “demanded” the meeting be put back until the following Friday.

Barrister Richard Rampton QC, for Lord Ballyedmond and his son, claims the words used were defamatory and seriously damaged his clients’ reputations, causing them to suffer considerable embarrassment and distress.

Mr Nicklin asked Mr Justice Eady to strike out the father and son’s case, arguing that the meaning of the words complained of was not defamatory, and Mr Rampton had tried to “squeeze out” a meaning which simply wasn’t there.

Describing the minutes for the AGM as anodyne, he added: “This document is simply saying that Lord Ballyedmond broke up a meeting. Well so what? It’s not defamatory.”

But Mr Justice Eady said a jury would be best placed to decide whether or not Lord Ballyedmond and his son had been defamed.

However, he observed that it would be “highly desirable” for the parties to come to terms before too much time, effort and money had been spent on the case.

But he added: “These things are best left to the jury, and it is not appropriate for a judge, however tempting it may be, to decide that a jury would be perverse to uphold one or more of these meanings.”




Lord 'has no squatter's rights' - Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond

Edward Haughey ordered the owner off his own land
Millionaire industrialist Edward Haughey has lost a High Court action over a derelict cottage adjoining his estate in County Down.

The Norbrook Laboratories chief claimed he acquired title to the cottage and garden by "adverse possession".

This is a legal term for squatter's rights where ownership can be acquired after 12 years.

The judge said Mr Haughey - now Lord Ballyedmond - at one stage ordered the actual owner off the land at Rostrevor.

The disputed site has uninterrupted views of Carlingford Lough and is believed to be worth £300,000.

Guy Scott-Foxwell, who was brought up in the cottage and now lives in Scotland, sued Lord Ballyedmond for trespass.

It was a classical case of the little man against the big industrialist and the attendant financial risks involved - it is gratifying to know that at the end of the day justice has been done
Solicitor for Mr Scott-Foxwell

In a reserved judgement on Thursday, Lord Justice Campbell said it was apparent that in recent years Lord Ballyedmond and his two companies - Norbrook Laboratories and Ballyedmond Castle Farms - had a firm intention to possess the disputed land and had been in factual possession of it.

But he said: "They have failed to discharge the onus of proving that they have had a sufficient degree of physical control or an intention to exercise such custody and control over it for the requisite period of 12 years.

"Accordingly, I find that Mr Scott-Foxwell has not been dispossessed and that he is entitled to a declaration."

A solicitor for Mr Scott-Foxwell, said: "It was a classical case of the little man against the big industrialist and the attendant financial risks involved. It is gratifying to know that at the end of the day justice has been done."

A small fence a member of the Scott-Foxwell family had erected between the cottage garden and shore field was removed by Mr Haughey, the court heard.

When Mr Scott-Foxwell returned to the cottage in 1998 after being told of activity there, he met Mr Haughey who ordered him off the land.

Lord Justice Campbell ordered the industrialist and his companies to pay the legal costs of the action.




Lord Ballyedmond donates £12,500 to charity after Cumbria libel action - Edward Haughey

By Julian Whittle -

Last updated 12:43, Saturday, 10 January 2009

A LIBEL action brought by Lord Ballyedmond, of Corby Castle, and his son against Cumbrian farmer and landowner James Carr has been settled for £12,500.

The peer says he will donate the sum to a charitable trust.

Mr Carr, of Warwick-on-Eden, is secretary of the Eden Owners’ Association, which represents owners of fishing rights on the River Eden and its tributaries.

The libel proceedings were prompted by comments he made in an agenda for the association’s annual general meeting last year.

Lord Ballyedmond and his son Edward Haughey argued that these comments were defamatory, damaged their reputations and caused “embarrassment and distress”.

They claimed £50,000 in damages.

Now the matter has been settled out of court. Mr Carr will pay £5,000 to Lord Ballyedmond and £7,500 to his son, and meet their legal costs.

Mr Carr said this week: “I regret that the state of my relationship with Lord Ballyedmond and his son is such that they felt it necessary to issue proceedings.

“I only ever sought to record, in a report of a meeting, the events that had occurred.

“Lord Ballyedmond and Edward Haughey took exception to some of the words used, which they felt could convey a meaning which I certainly never intended.

“Based on advice I received on the folly of incurring substantial costs defending myself, which I would never fully recover even if successful, I decided to make an offer to settle this dispute which was accepted.”

A separate action brought by Lord Ballyedmond and his company, Norbrook Laboratories, seeks an injunction to remove Mr Carr as secretary of the owners’ association. This action is continuing.

The alleged defamatory comments stemmed from a disagreement over the impact of haaf-net fishing in the Solway.

The association believes this is depleting the number of salmon swimming up river while Lord Ballyedmond supports the tradition.

The peer said: “Mr Carr published statements regarding my son and me, which alleged that our behaviour, at a meeting, was improper.

“My son and I considered this allegation was untrue and was damaging to our reputations.

“An apology and correction was requested, but our request was ignored.

“This left us with no alternative but to issue proceedings for libel.”

Mr Carr made an application to court to have the proceedings struck out but this was rejected and he was ordered to pay costs of £4,750.

He subsequently made an “offer of amends” to settle the action that included a promise to correct the defamatory statements, apologise and pay compensation, the level of which would have been set by a judge if not agreed between the parties.

However, Lord Ballyedmond and his son instead accepted an alternative offer that included the payment of £12,500 but no apology or correction.

Lord Ballyedmond said: “This money will be donated to a charitable trust to be set up by the haaf netters for the purpose of research into the conservation of fish.

“I feel strongly that traditions like haaf netting must be preserved and at the same time rod fishermen must also be protected regarding their sport.

“The rivers and the seas, if properly and fairly managed, can accommodate all reasonable exercise of these pursuits.”



University Honour for Leading Businessman - Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond

Lord Ballyedmond , one of Northern Ireland’s most distinguished businessmen today receives an honorary degree from the University of Ulster at its summer graduations in Coleraine.

Known as Edward Haughey prior to his ennoblement in 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in recognition of his contribution to the development of the international pharmaceutical industry.

He is chairman of the Norbrook Group, which specialises in the development, licensing, manufacturing and marketing of veterinary and human pharmaceuticals and active ingredients for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

Along with three major manufacturing sites in Newry, the Group also has manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the Czech Republic, Kenya and Brazil. The Group employs more than 1,000 people in Northern Ireland and more worldwide.

Born in Dundalk in 1944, Lord Ballyedmond emigrated to the US for four years in the 1960s before returning home to found his pharmaceutical manufacturing business.

He was nominated to the Irish Senate by the then Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds in 1994 and again by Bertie Ahern in 1997. He was made a life peer in 2004 and took his seat in the House of Lords at Westminster as an Ulster Unionist before switching to the Conservative Party.

In the Sunday Times Rich List in 2008 he was ranked as the second richest person in Northern Ireland with an estimated personal fortune of £570m.



Norbrook Announces Launch of Foundation Degree in Applied Medical Science and Launch of the Norbrook Prize - Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond - Published on: Thursday 28 August 2008

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd attended Newry Southern Regional College today, Thursday 28th August, to launch the Foundation Degree in Applied Medical Science and to launch the Norbrook Prize. The day was also used as an opportunity to present over 60 Norbrook employees with certificates for completing NVQ courses.

The launch of the Foundation Degree in Applied Medical Science is the result of a lot of hard work by all parties involved, namely Norbrook, the Southern Regional College, the North West Regional College, the Belfast Metropolitan College and the University of Ulster. The course is an innovative programme designed to provide students with the necessary high level of skills needed to gain employment in this fast growing sector. It promotes Norbrook's vision for developing and maintaining a skilled workplace and offers Norbrook employees a chance to further their education and gain a valuable qualification.

The launch of the Norbrook Prize consists of a bursary of £5000 and a beautiful Waterford crystal bowl which is offered to the best full time student at the college. Lord Ballyedmond, Chairman of Norbrook, appreciates the need for praise, encouragement and financial support and hopes that this will serve as such. It will also help to stimulate many students as they strive to win the sought after Norbrook Prize.

Lord Ballyedmond who spoke at the announcement expressed his praise for the Norbrook staff who received their NVQ certificates in Business and Administration, Performing Manufacturing Operations, Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities and the respective A1 Assessor Awards, and they were also congratulated on their ability to balance studying with work commitments. Lord Ballyedmond is very active in promoting science education and believes, "learning is a life long journey and it is never too late to start."



Cumbrian lord's fortune plummets by £130 million - Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond

By Julian Whittle -
Last updated 12:53, Monday, 27 April 2009

Lord Ballyedmond, the owner of Corby Castle, Great Corby, has seen his fortune shrink by £130m in the past year according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

The annual survey, published yesterday, shows that the 1,000 wealthiest individuals in Britain and Ireland have lost £155bn as a result of the recession.

Lord Ballyedmond’s estimated wealth has fallen from £570m to £440m. Despite that, he has moved up the rankings from 143rd place to 120th.

His entry says: “Ballyedmond, 65, is founder and owner of Norbrook Laboratories, a leading veterinary pharmaceuticals firm.

“Norbrook is worth £250m and Ballyedmond has extensive land in the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland and Cumbria, with property in Dublin and London.”

The only other Cumbria-based entry on the list also took a financial hit.

Brian Scowcroft, owner of Carlisle’s Kingmoor Park industrial estate and joint sponsor of the city’s academy schools, lost £32m.

His family’s estimated wealth dropped from £192m to £160m but, like Lord Ballyedmond, Mr Scowcroft and his sister, Janet Lefton, climbed the list from 436th to 350th.

His entry says: “The family made £150m selling Swinton [Insurance] to Sun Alliance, and invested in industrial property in the North West.”

The Duke of Buccleuch, the UK’s largest landowner who controls large parts of the northern side of the England-Scotland border in Eskdale, was listed in 309th place. The 55-year-old inherited the title in 2007. His wealth remained intact at £180m despite the recession.

Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and his family remain top of the Rich List with £10.8bn and Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, was second with £7.0bn.

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