Council seeks ban on cabin sales of tickets for ferry
A High Court judge will decide this week if he should ban the sale of ferry-ride tickets from a new portacabin office at Doolin Harbour - despite the fact that they can be sold lawfully from a folding table right beside it.
James Connolly SC, counsel for Clare County Council, told Mr Justice David Keane that the provision on the pier of an "unauthorised ultracabin structure" was a matter of great concern for the local authority, which was protecting the public interest through the planning regulations.
Mr Connolly said selling tickets from a folding table in the open air did not require planning permission, whereas the ultracabin - purportedly a replacement for an old, unoccupied and long-unused structure on the Doolin pier at Ballaghaline - did.
He told the High Court hearing, in which the county council seeks an injunction restraining ticket sales from the new cabin that the new structure sported an equally unauthorised advertising hoarding. The council has made clear that it will ultimately seek its removal at a full trial, if necessary.
Barrister Oisín Collins, counsel for Dick Grant, a director of Sarahfenn Limited, which trades as Aran Island Fast Ferries, described the county council's out-of-place proceedings as "a wild-card operation" to stop his client, and another sea and coastal ferry owner, Liam O'Brien, from selling tickets from the cabin.
The judge said that he would give his ruling on Thursday.