Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Preserving Ireland's Natural Heritage: Discussion
We need to protect the people who are trying to put a roof over their heads. I want to address what this group of people have done in our county over the years. There's a McCarthy woman living in Shronebirrane, in Lauragh, and no one belonging to her can drive. Her son had to move into the town of Kenmare or perhaps further away. He was granted permission by Kerry County Council. His land was in an SAC but Kerry County Council in its wisdom granted the house because it understood the need for the house. Sadly, An Taisce appealed it. The person who appealed it was 72 miles away from these people and they were denied the opportunity to put a roof over their head.