Councillors believe South Kerry Greenway project will survive legal challenges

A Kerry county councillor believes the South Kerry Greenway project will survive legal challenges.

Yesterday, two separate legal proceedings were brought before the High Court in relation to the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission to Kerry County Council for the greenway and accompanying Compulsory Purchase Order for the lands needed.

The cases were adjourned to later this month.

The first legal action seeking a judicial review of the planning board decisions have been lodged by environmentalist Peter Sweetman from Rossport, Co Mayo and James Clifford, a farmer from Killurley West, Caherciveen.

The second has been lodged by the Greenway Information Group, which is made up of landowners whose holdings will be affected by the proposed 32-kilometre development from Glenbeigh to Renard.

Fianna Fáil councillor Norma Moriarty says she was disappointed by the legal actions but thinks the project will survive.

She believes the whole planning system is needs to be looked at

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil councillor Michael Cahill says everyone has the right to protect their property and use legal processes to do so but he is disappointed that a further delay to the greenway, which he says is a game changer for the region, is now inevitable.

He says compulsory purchase order was not the route anyone wanted to go down but without 100% agreement from all landowners it was the only way to progress the greenway.

Cllr Cahill said other commentators will hang their hat on the CPO as the problem but are talking out of both sides of their mouths in a populist attempt to appear to support both businesses and landowners; he says this is fuelling division in the community.