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An Taisce has been denied leave to appeal a decision to carry out a significant realignment of the main road between Tralee and Dingle.
The Commercial Court has today ruled that the heritage body will not be allowed to appeal an earlier decision of the High Court regarding the controversial infrastructure project.

In a decision that may well bring an end to the lengthy legal saga which has bedevilled the proposal to realign the main road between Annascaul and Camp, the Commercial Court today turned down an application by An Taisce to be allowed to appeal an earlier court decision.

In October, Mr Justice Robert Haughton had dismissed a legal challenge taken by An Taisce at the High Court.

An Taisce sought leave to appeal and that has now been turned down.

The €65 million scheme was previously the subject of an extensive oral hearing and was approved by An Bord Pleanála.

An Taisce had claimed the route is renowned for its scenic quality and heritage and sought to have the decision by the planning appeals board quashed.

The challenge was defended by An Bord Pleanala and Kerry County Council which argued that the project was essential for the safety and benefit of road users.

Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin has welcomed the decision of the court while Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald said it represents a good day for the Dingle Peninsula.