Application made to adjourn oral hearing into the South Kerry Greenway

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An application has been made to adjourn the oral hearing into the South Kerry Greenway.
Barrister Michael O’Donnell, representing the Greenway Information Group, made the application during the third day of the oral hearing.
His clients comprise 27 landowners, who collectively own 25 parcels of land along the proposed 32-kilometre route from Glenbeigh to Renard.
Kerry County Council decided to acquire the 222 parcels of land needed for the scheme through CPO, following a failure to agree terms with all 197 landowners along the route.
Barrister Michael O’Donnell said he represents landowners and families affected by the CPO and the scheme as proposed.
His objection centred on the errata document; this is a list of corrections provided after a work has been printed.
Mr O’Donnell said the document alters the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and a Natura Statement and that his clients were effectively “ambushed” by its presentation on the first day of the hearing.
He claimed his clients received 250 pages of new documentation on day one of the hearing, followed by a further 100 pages in the errata.
The barrister said experts employed by his clients cannot present their submissions now due to the change in environmental reports; furthermore, he also believes the public should be afforded 30 days to view the changes, as per EU directives.
Senior Counsel for Kerry County Council Esmond Keane spoke against the application: he said it’d be “utterly inappropriate” to adjourn the hearing as the changes in reports were minor issues.
Environmental campaigner Peter Sweetman also voiced his opposition to the hearing continuing.
An Bord Pleanála inspector Karla McBride, after a short recess, said she’ll make her decision at 10am tomorrow morning.
Elsewhere, former minister and Kerry Fianna Fáil TD John O’Donoghue also spoke at the hearing, however, he refused to be interviewed afterwards.