Monday 27 January 2020

Kennys give up costly battle to halt building project next to home

Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy
Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy

Pat Kenny has given up in his battle to prevent apartment blocks being built beside his Dalkey home.

However, the Newstalk presenter said yesterday he is "fully behind" a High Court bid to prevent a mixed-use development by the same developer in another part of the town.

In a decision last July, An Bord Pleanala overturned a ruling by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to grant planning permission to Richard Barrett's Bartra for apartments on lands adjacent to the Kenny home.

The appeals board gave the plan the go-ahead in spite of the opposition by Mr Kenny and his wife Kathy, along with other local residents.

The Kennys and the other objectors had the option of challenging the appeals board's decision in the courts.

However, Mr Kenny said yesterday: "The deadline has passed for judicial review. Judicial review is extremely expensive, and even if you win there's no guarantee you'll be awarded your legal costs.

"And if you win, there's nothing to stop a developer going in again and tweaking things and forcing you through the whole process all over again with no certainty of success.

"It demonstrates one of the many weaknesses of our current system.

"All we can do now is insist that the council enforce the strict conditions laid down by An Bord Pleanala and insist that all the planning regulations are strictly adhered to by the developer."

In both Bartra applications, An Bord Pleanala overturned the recommendations of inspectors and granted permission.

However, residents will go down the judicial review route in a bid to stop another Bartra development proceeding at Bulloch Harbour.


The Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association (BHPA) held a public meeting last week in Killiney Castle Hotel.

Along with the Kennys, local TDs Richard Boyd Barrett and junior minster Mary Mitchell O'Connor were there.

A spokeswoman for the BHPA described the meeting as "very upbeat and positive".

To date, the BHPA has raised €30,000 and aims to raise the same again to fund the High Court action.

Last month, the BHPA sec-ured leave to challenge An Bord Pleanala's decision in the High Court. The case has been adjourned to next month.

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