Investigation launched by Department of community rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

The department of community rural and Gaeltacht affairs has launched an investigation in to the granting of an application in the Gaeltacht by the planning department of Kerry county council.The application is for 9 holiday homes in Ballinskelligs which they failed to be notified about.Legislation under the planning act 2000 requires that Udaras na Gaeltachta and the department of community rural and Gaeltacht affairs are notified by the planning authority if permission is sought for five or more houses in the Gaeltacht.In this case planning permission was granted for 9 holiday homes and one dwelling house in Ballinskelligs without the relevant authorities being informed.Kerry county council says they are looking into the matter, its unclear whether or not the decision taken by the council will have to be revisited.A statement from the department of community rural and gaeltacht affairs says the minister is advised that the department did not receive a request from the council for its opinion on this planning application.The department is investigating the issue and will not make any further statement until its completed.