IFA says CPO is potential death knell for South Kerry Greenway

The Irish Farmers’ Association says a decision to acquire land by Compulsory Purchase Order for the South Kerry Greenway is the potential death knell for the project.

Last week, Kerry County Council published a 40-page CPO for the lands needed for the 32-kilometre route from Renard Point to Glenbeigh after negotiations over many years failed to secure agreement.

IFA National Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has claimed the move breaches a national strategy on greenways including for funding.

Mr Cooney says the council’s actions are excessive and unnessecary and said landowners continue to demonstrate a genuine willingness to provide alternative routes on their holdings.

Mr Cooney called on Minster Shane Ross and Junior Minister Brendan Griffin to take control of the national development of greenways.