Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Sustaining Viable Rural Communities: Discussion (Resumed)

2:15 pm

Photo of Danny Healy-RaeDanny Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent) | Oireachtas source

A national spatial strategy was put in place some time in 2012 and signed by the then Minister, Deputy Leo Varadkar. Aspects of this strategy are preventing family members of farmers from accessing national secondary roads in County Kerry. My county has more miles of national secondary road than any other county. Family members are being prevented from securing planning permission. In some cases, Kerry County Council has granted planning permission and the road engineers have found no problems with road access but Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, has then appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála, which has subsequently overruled the planning approval on the basis of a clause inserted in the spatial strategy in 2012. Are the witnesses seeking a review of the relevant provision because it is hurting many people?


No comments

Log in or join to post a public comment.