A Kerry County Councillor believes the use of a Compulsory Purchase Order to secure the lands needed for the South Kerry Greenway will delay the project for years.
This week, Kerry County Council applied for planning permission from An Bord Pleanala for the 32-kilometre route from Renard Point to Glenbeigh.
The local authority has also published a forty-page CPO notice after failing to reach the necessary agreement with all landowners by negotiation.
Independent Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae says the project is a game changer for south Kerry and could be one of the best greenways in Europe.
However, he says he can’t agree with a CPO being used to acquire the land from 172 landowners:
Local Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Cahill says it is a significant development that planning permission for the project, which has been in the pipeline for over four years, has been lodged.
He says the South Kerry Greenway is the major tourism project for this county and has the potential to halt immigration: