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Over €1.4 million spent on legal and consultancy fees for South Kerry Greenway so far

Jun 2, 2021 08:06 By radiokerrynews
Over €1.4 million spent on legal and consultancy fees for South Kerry Greenway so far Over €1.4 million spent on legal and consultancy fees for South Kerry Greenway so far
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Kerry County Council has spent over €1.4 million on legal and consultancy fees for the South Kerry Greenway so far.

An Bord Pleanála granted approval for the 32-kilometre greenway and associated compulsory purchase order in late-2020.

Following a Freedom of Information Act request, Kerry County Council released information relating to all fees paid to companies and individuals who provided assistance during the project so far.

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This includes costs associated with a four-week oral hearing in late-2019.

In total, €1,440,000 was spent by the council on engineering consultancy and legal fees.

Under legal fees, senior counsel Esmonde Keane was paid €176,000, Harrington and Co Solicitors received €67,500, barrister Emma Davey got nearly €17,000, and Brady and Co Law Searchers were paid €9,500.

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Two engineering consultancies, Malachy Walsh and Fehily Timoney, were paid over €250,000 each for services, while Michael McGough - who drafted many of the project's drawings - received €184,000.

The council also paid An Bord Pleanála over €230,000.

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