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Kerry County Council says it will give assurances around its planning system to its elected members and the public.
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This follows a ruling by Tralee Circuit Court last week that prevented further work being carried out on a building that had a floor area twice the size of what the planning application had sought.

Councillors claimed the council was made a ‘laughing stock’ following media coverage of the court action in which Judge Tom O’Donnell described the approach taken by the council as ‘absurd’ and ‘baffling in the extreme’.

Chief executive of Kerry County Council Moria Murrell said that while she accepted the court’s ruling, it did not impact on what she knew was a ‘very sound and robust planning system’ that she would stand over.

Ms Murrell was responding to the concerns of members following an injunction imposed at Tralee Circuit Court preventing further work being carried out on the property of Jerome Browne of Scartaglin.

Judge O’Donnell described as ‘absurd’ and ‘baffling in the extreme’ the approach of the council in relation to the erection of the building, which had twice the floor space of what was granted in the planning application.

Sinn Fein’s Toireasa Ferris said the public needed to be reassured on the planning system: