Two High Court challenges have been commenced against a proposed cycling and pedestrian greenway in Co Kerry.
The actions relate to the proposed 32-kilometre South Kerry Greenway, between Glenbeigh and Caherciveen, which will run mainly along the former disused Southern and Western Railway which operated from 1892 to 1960.
In the first action local farmer James Clifford and environmental activist Peter Sweetman are seeking permission to challenge An Bord Pleanála's decision of 10 November last to approve Kerry County Council's application for the greenway, which includes a three metre wide paved surface.
Represented in the action by Margaret Heavey Bl, instructed by solicitor Brian Harrington, the applicants claim the board's decision is invalid because it contravenes various EU directives on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Habitats.
The applicants claim the board decision is invalid on grounds including that it failed to take required steps to establish a system of strict protection for the Kerry slug and the Lesser Horseshoe bat in their natural range.