Irish Cement challenges CPO at harbour
Irish Cement has launched a legal challenge over a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for its lands by the harbour at Foynes in Co Limerick.
In March, An Bord Pleanála granted Shannon Foynes Port Company a CPO over 37.5 hectares of the company's property in order to expand harbour facilities.
In judicial review proceedings against the planning authority, Irish Cement Ltd seeks a High Court order setting aside the CPO. Shannon Foynes Port Company are a notice party to the proceedings.
Permission to bring the challenge was granted yesterday, on an ex-parte (one side only represented) basis, by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys. It is claimed the planning board did not properly assess the company's constitutional property rights when it was making the decision to grant the port company the CPO.
The case comes back before the court next month.