Council utterly refutes claim farmer was told to cooperate or his land would be subject to CPO

Kerry County Council has utterly refuted a claim made by an elderly farmer that he was told to cooperate with the south Kerry Greenway route or his land would be subject to CPO.

Kerry County Council is seeking permission to construct a 32-kilometre walk and cycleway from Glenbeigh to Renard; it is also seeking approval for a Compulsory Purchase Order for the lands needed.

This is the fourth week of An Bord Pleanala’s oral hearing on the scheme at Manor West Hotel, Tralee.

Suckler and sheep farmer at Droum West, James Dominic Moriarty told the hearing the proposed greenway would be 30 metres from his back door and pass 12 metres above his home leading to concerns about privacy.

He claimed the local authority backtracked on an agreement that the greenway was to be rerouted along the N70 and he became so sick of the council he refused it permission to survey his lands.

Mr Moriarty claimed two council engineers told him if he didn’t co-operate the lands would be subject to CPO; this was utterly refuted by the council.

He claimed he had been bad mouthed by the council and this led to bad feeling in the community.

Mr Moriarty said he began to refuse registered letters and one day a stranger, who he claimed was later identified as an agent of Kerry County Council, called to his door.

The caller said it would be in Mr Moriarty’s interest to read the letters he had and was trying to push in the backdoor; Mr Moriarty said a scuffle ensued and he fell.

Kerry County Council barrister, Esmond Keane put it to Mr Moriarty that there had been consultations with him over the years, adding that as he had refused registered letters it was necessary for someone to call to the house to serve court documents.

The council said the land offered by the farmer was not suitable and that an agreement was not made.