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Friday 23 August 2019

Kenny lodged drone complaint in his battle against apartments

Pat Kenny pictured with his wife Kathy. Picture: Arthur Carron
Pat Kenny pictured with his wife Kathy. Picture: Arthur Carron

Gordon Deegan

Broadcaster Pat Kenny lodged a formal complaint with gardaí concerning a drone flight over his Dalkey home in his bitter fight with Bartra Capital over an apartment complex development next door to his property.

The formal written complaints by Mr Kenny and his wife Kathy to gardaí, the Data Protection Commissioner and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) were lodged after Bartra Capital, in February, commissioned a drone firm to carry out survey work on the Kennys' property as part of its plans for its apartment and housing development on a site adjacent to the Kenny property.

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In their written complaint to Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald, at Dún Laoghaire garda station on March 26, the Kennys claimed that the drone survey "interfered with our right to privacy, it compromised our security - location of our security cameras, vehicle registration plates etc".

"As you may be aware, we have had threatening situations at our home in the past and we place the highest priority on security.

"This intrusion is all the more worrying as we do not know what information they have gathered and with whom it may have been shared," they said.

Their letter concluded that "we wish to make a formal complaint against the following - Bartra Capital Property; McGill Planning and the drone firm".

On February 25, Bartra's planning consultants, McGill Planning, told the appeals board that the drone survey was carried out with IAA permission and according to IAA restrictions.

McGill Planning also stated: "The surveying was also carried out in accordance with GDPR."

McGill Planning said yesterday: "This office had no role in the surveying or design work carried out by/on behalf of the applicant."

Bartra Capital has been contacted for comment while a Garda spokesman said that gardaí were not able to respond to a query on a Garda complaint "as An Garda Síochána does not comment on named individuals".

Irish Independent

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