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An Taisce says it is very disappointed that a court ruled that it cannot appeal a decision relating to the enhancement of the N86 road between Dingle and Tralee.

An Taisce

Responding to a judgement of the Commercial Court earlier this week, An Taisce says it expects the case to feature in an action by the European Commission against Ireland for alleged breaches of EU conventions.

But the heritage body says it won’t be appealing Monday’s court decision itself.

Planning permission for the proposed realignment of the N86 road was granted by An Bord Pleanála in 2014 but the matter has been before the courts since then.

On Monday, the Commercial Court refused An Taisce leave to appeal an earlier court decision relating to the €65 million scheme.

It described the decision of the Commercial Court as deeply disappointing because of the iconic importance of the landscape on the Dingle peninsula and the visual impact of the proposed road development.

An Taisce says the case is being watched closely by the European Commission.

It expects the case to feature in infringement proceedings being taken by the Commission on a range of alleged breaches of access to justice provisions in certain environmental cases in Ireland.

Spokesperson Charles Stanley-Smith says the case didn’t cost them much money as their legal team worked on a pro-bono basis: