An Bórd Pleanála has refused an application for leave to appeal against a decision to grant permission for two dwellings on the Great Blasket Island.
Kerry County Council granted permission to the OPW for the reconstruction of the home of An tOiléanach and another protected structure on the island.
On August 4th Kerry County Council granted, subject to conditions, permission to the Office of Public Works for the reconstruction of the ruins of Tomás Ó Criomhthain’s house, which would stand as an example of a typical Blasket dwelling.
Tomás Ó Criomhthain, who passed away in 1937, wrote several books – including An tOileáneach – and it is he who coined the phrase “ní bheidh ár leithéidí ann arís”.
Permission was granted for the reconstruction of another protected structure on the island, which is to be used as a shelter for island guides and other OPW operatives.
An application for leave to appeal against Kerry County Council’s decision – lodged by Jim Callery of Cloonahee House, Elphin, Co. Roscommon – has been refused by An Bórd Pleanála.
The Board refused leave to appeal as it had not shown the development – in respect of which the decision to grant permission was made – will differ materially from the development as set out in the application.