High court will hear a challenge against Healy-Rae field plan

Court Reporter

A High Court challenge has been brought against a decision to allow a company owned by Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae to raise the level of a field in Kilgarvan with construction and demolition waste.

The challenge against Kerry County Council's decision to grant permission to Healy-Rae Plant Hire to raise the field in Kilgarvan, Kerry, to improve its agricultural output has been brought by environmental campaigner Peter Sweetman.

In his action Mr Sweetman has claimed that the developer obtained permission from the council to fill construction and demolition waste on a 1.8-hectare field which, he says, is poorly drained and underlain by peaty soil.

The court has heard that the company intends to place more than 50,000 tonnes of inert waste material on the surface of existing vegetation and to place grass seed on top of the levelled waste material. Mr Sweetman's application says it is not proposed by the developer to import topsoil for the improvement of the land.

As a result Mr Sweetman has argued that Kerry County  Council should not have granted permission to Mr Healy-Rae's company for the development of the field. The Judge said the case could come back in November.