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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

A good day for local democracy in Kerry?

From today's Irish Times....

Councillors in Kerry yesterday unanimously rescinded a proposal to allow an industrial storage facility on land alongside one of the country's most popular viewing points overlooking the Lakes of Killarney.

The councillors' majority (14 votes to six) decision in January to zone four acres allow developer Con Duggan to construct the storage facility attracted up to 100 submissions from residents and local hoteliers. Public meetings were also organised against the move.

Independent councillor Danny Healy-Rae apologised to residents for supporting the initial proposal. It had taken the residents unawares and "the way it was presented to me, it seemed to be all right". He suggested all such zoning proposals be advertised publicly.

The fact that these zoning applications are always advertised was pointed out to Healy-Rae by councillor Toireasa Ferris.

She added "There seems to be a lot of bad decisions in this chamber . . . We shouldn't come under pressure from individual developers. If some of us [ the minority of six who voted against it] can do the right thing, the rest of us can."

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