Court to rule on M50 works

 

The High Court will rule today on an application by a Kerry man for leave to legally challenge a ministerial go-ahead to build a roundabout on a Co Dublin motorway.

Mr Michael Mulcreevy, of Barraduff, Killarney, wants the court to allow him challenge the decision of the Minister for the Environment, Mr Cullen, permitting the continuation of works at Carrickmines Castle for the purpose of completing the M50 motorway over archeological remains.

In December the High Court lifted an interlocutory injunction preventing the National Roads Authority (NRA) and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from conducting any work at the controversial site.

Mr Mulcreevy argued yesterday that the Minister had overstepped his powers in July 2003, under the National Monuments Act, in allowing the works to proceed at the medieval site.

Mr Dermot Flanagan SC, counsel for the NRA, told the court that since the lifting of the High Court injunction, works on completion of the roundabout had been in progress.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan is to hand down his judgment today.