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Broadcaster Pat Kenny

Broadcaster Pat Kenny

Broadcaster Pat Kenny

Broadcaster Pat Kenny has said there is no question that An Bord Pleanala must pay all of the costs incurred by Dalkey residents in challenging a contentious appeals board decision in the High Court.

Mr Kenny was one of hundreds in Dalkey to contribute financially to a fund organised by the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association to challenge a decision which saw An Bord Pleanala giving the green light to a mixed use development by Bartra Property next to Bullock Harbour.

In recent days An Bord Pleanala has written to solicitors for the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association to say it proposes to concede their judicial review challenge of the Bartra plan.

Quashes

When ratified by the High Court, the move effectively quashes the planning permission granted by An Bord Pleanala for the plan, and the application could then be remitted back to the appeals board for a fresh adjudication.

Mr Kenny said the High Court "judicial review is outlandishly expensive".

In an interview where he fired a number of broadsides at the workings of An Bord Pleanala, Mr Kenny said that he was "delighted" at the decision of An Bord Pleanala to withdraw from the judicial review.

The former host of RTE's The Late Late Show said that the decision to grant planning permission for the development "was wrong from the very outset".

"The council had rejected the development, the board's own inspector rejected the development," he said.

"And yet, the board saw fit to disregard the advice of their own 'boots on the ground', the An Bord Pleanala inspector, and give the go-ahead for a development.

"There is no question that the board must pay all expenses incurred by the residents' group in the preparation of their application for judicial review of the decision.

"But this gives rise to a fundamental question to be answered by the board: is this a responsible way to spend taxpayers' money?

"The stress and aggravation caused to communities by decisions which overrule the advice of the board's own inspectors cannot be overstated."