South Kerry Greenway case centring on land access

A case involving Kerry County Council seeking permission to access the lands of four men as part of the South Kerry Greenway project will return to court next Monday.

All four landowners have refused permission for the local authority to enter their lands to carry out soil and drainage tests as part of development.

The 32-kilometre greenway aims to link Glenbeigh to Renard.

Kerry County Council is seeking a warrant to enter lands owned by James Moriarty, Drom West, Glenbeigh, James Sheehan, Curra, Glenbeigh, Patrick Murphy and Paul O’Shea, both of Gornagree, Kells.

Kerry County Council engineer, Conor Culloo outlined various site investigations that are proposed to be carried out; trial pits, bore holes and a drainage survey.

Concerns were raised by barristers representing the landowners about ambiguity on details of the works, access routes and potential environmental impacts.

Mr Culloo said in his professional opinion one specific trial pit would have no implications for a house 22 metres away, he also denied that he had made unsolicited calls to Mr Moriarty about the application saying any calls were following up on previous correspondence.

He said an experienced specialist company would be contracted to do the works.

Judge David Waters said he would be considering the nature and extent of the entry sought; he didn’t think he should micro-manage the project.

The case was heard before a packed public gallery, which included Chair of Kerry IFA Pat O’Driscoll.

The case is due to continue next Monday.