Election legal appeal
'Drunk driver' arrested
A FORMER Fianna Fail senator who lost his Circuit Court application to have the result of the Local Elections overturned is taking his case to the Supreme Court.
Dan Kiely, who ran as an Independent in May's elections, lost out on taking the last seat in the Listowel electoral area in Kerry by a margin of only two votes.
Judge Carroll Moran dismissed his petition at Tralee Circuit Court earlier this summer.
A man was arrested yesterday after he crashed his car before crossing a busy motorway where he sat on the barrier in the central reservation.
The single vehicle collision occurred shortly after 3pm on the M18 motorway near Shannon in Co Clare about 200m north of the Drumline interchange.
The man in his 60s appeared to lose control of his car which spun around on the motorway, crossing both lanes before careering into a crash barrier coming to a stop on the hard shoulder.
The man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and taken to Ennis garda station where he was found to be over the limit. He was later charged and released on station bail and will appear in court at a later date.
A CONTROVERSIAL rule that banned the erection of telecommunications masts from within 1km from a dwelling or school has been removed from Kerry County Council's county development plan.
The rule had been included in the county's plans over 10 years ago and resulted in more than 60 planning applications for masts being removed.
Many of these decisions were subsequently overturned by An Bord Pleanala.
The new development plan commits to having "due deference to individuals, residents, communities and institutions".
PLANNING permission has been granted for the building of an observatory on Valentia Island.
The application by Muiris and Bernie O'Donoghue allows for them to build a 2.7 metre rotating dome with sliding shutter panels at Feaghmaan West on the south Kerry island.
Earlier this year, south Kerry was designated an International Dark Skies Reserve, recognising it as one of the best places on Earth to observe the Milky Way.