November hearing to determine An Taisce Dingle -Camp road appeal

A hearing to determine if An Taisce will be granted permission to appeal a ruling relating to a west Kerry road scheme will be heard next month. An Taisce Yesterday, the National Trust for Ireland announced it plans to appeal a ruling handed down in the Commercial Court. The 65 million euro scheme in West Kerry, which seeks to straighten and improve the road from Dingle to Annascaul and from Gortbreagoge to Camp. On October 7th Mr Justice Robert Haughton dismissed the legal challenge taken by An Taisce at the High Court. The group sought to have a decision by An Bord Pleanala, granting permission for the scheme, quashed. An Taisce now intends to pursue its case to the Court of Appeal. Chair John Harnett said the High Court’s decision raises points of exceptional public importance which go far beyond the matter of the N86 road itself. He said what is now a central issue in this case is whether Irish court proceedings have to be “fair” and “equitable”. Mr Harnett said he understands the EU Commission is watching the case very closely. An Taisce requires a certificate from the High Court to allow them to appeal. The hearing of that certification application is provisionally scheduled for November 6th.