High Court gives Kerry boatman leave to challenge Department decision

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The High Court has given leave to a Kerry boatman to challenge the decision to shorten the time during which he and other boat operators are allowed to bring people to Skellig Michael.
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The  Department of Transport placed a condition on the boatmen’s licences stating they couldn’t land there outside of the dates May 15th to September 30th. The boatmen argue they have been landing on the island between April and October for decades. The High Court has granted permission to boatman Seanie Murphy to bring a challenge to the Transport Minister’s decision to impose the time restriction on his licence. Mr Murphy is represented by Killarney solicitor Andrew O’Connell and barrister Micheal O’Connell who’s from Valentia Island. Mr Justice Seamus Noonan returned a date for a judicial review application for October 6th. He also put a stay on the imposition of the new condition in the boatmen’s permits which restricts the times they can land on Skellig Michael, pending the determination of the proceedings. He gave liberty to the Department of Transport  to discharge the judge’s order with 48 hours notice to Mr Murphy.