Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have called for the repayment of a Údarás na Gaeltachta grant of £70,000 for an unauthorised quarry in Moycullen, County Galway.

Údarás chief executive Pádraig Ó hAoláin told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee yesterday that he would not be claiming the grant back, in spite of the fact that the quarry was located outside the Gaeltacht. The statement by Údarás chief executive that although the quarry was outside the Gaeltacht, it was 'like an island surrounded by land in the Gaeltacht' is not born out by the boundaries of the townlands in questions, which were marked by dry-stone famine walls of land mark quality and individually listed in the relevant 1956 legislation which defined the Gaeltacht.

A spokesman for FIE said this morning that 'The decision by Údarás na Gaeltachta not to recoup this grant after issuing a Revocation Notice in July of this year is further official support for the open flaunting of the planning system in a previously unspoiled karst landscape known as the 'Little Burren'.'

SEE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE! and the correspondence with the European Commission.

And today's Press Release.
Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have called for the repayment of a Údarás na Gaeltachta grant of £70,000 for an unauthorised quarry in Moycullen, County Galway.

Údarás chief executive Pádraig Ó hAoláin told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee yesterday that he would not be claiming the grant back, in spite of the fact that the quarry was located outside the Gaeltacht. The statement by Údarás chief executive that although the quarry was outside the Gaeltacht, it was 'like an island surrounded by land in the Gaeltacht' is not born out by the boundaries of the townlands in questions, which were marked by dry-stone famine walls of land mark quality and individually listed in the relevant 1956 legislation which defined the Gaeltacht.

A spokesman for FIE said this morning that 'The decision by Údarás na Gaeltachta not to recoup this grant after issuing a Revocation Notice in July of this year is further official support for the open flaunting of the planning system in a previously unspoiled karst landscape known as the 'Little Burren'.'

SEE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE! and the correspondence with the European Commission.

And today's Press Release.
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