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An Taisce says it’s considering a legal challenge following today’s decision by Minister Heather Humphreys to allow the filming of Star Wars to proceed on Skellig Michael next week.
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In a statement this evening, the heritage body says the minister handled the decision making process in a entirely non-transparent way.

Minister Humphreys this morning announced that she has consented to the request to allow filming to take place on the world heritage site off the south Kerry coast.

An Taisce has already been very critical of the way in which the decision to allow filming on the island to take place was handled.

It said it was concerned for the wildlife and ecology of the Skellig which is a Special Protection Area under European law.

Following the green light from the minister today, An Taisce says neither they nor any member of the public has a copy of the consent or the application from Star Wars so that it can be examined.

The body says materials are already in the process of being landed on Skellig Michael and says the impact of the filming is being felt before it has fully begun.

The handling of the matter, according to Charles Stanley Smith of An Taisce, is an unparralleled subversion of environmental democracy.

Minister Humphries says she is satisfied that the island will be fully protected during the filming.