A woman has said she is not in a position to give an undertaking to obey a court order not to obstruct work by Limerick County Council on a new water scheme at Pallaskenry in Co Limerick.

Mother-of-two Orla Kaiser was one of four people to attend the High Court in Limerick today after proceedings were brought by Limerick County Council.

The three other people criticised the council’s action but said they would obey the court order which remains in place until next Monday.

However, when Ms Kaiser said she could not obey the order a barrister for Limerick County Council asked that the case be adjourned until Thursday. The barrister said that after a time of reflection, Ms Kaiser might take a different view.

Also on Thursday, a judicial review is to be heard as residents in Pallaskenry bring a court challenge to the council’s decision to introduce a new water system.

Ms Kaiser says she will continue to fight to protect the natural spring water that local people have had access to.

Mr Justice Frank Clarke earlier heard from three other people who had faced 'attachment and committal' proceedings.

One local man, Thomas Clarke, accepted he had obstructed the council work and he gave an undertaking not to interfere further.

Another man, Pat Culhane, disputed photographs supposedly showing him protesting. He said this was a different person.

Limerick councillor Noreen Ryan said she was unaware of any court order in existence before last Friday, and had only been in Pallaskenry to hear local concerns.

She said she would be raising the issue within the council chamber and gave an undertaking not to interfere with council works.