Over 12 months since an oral hearing took place into the planning application, An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission to the South Kerry Greenway last Thursday. The decision also confirmed the compulsory purchase order (CPO) of land along the course of the greenway, resulting in the first time a CPO will be used for an amenity project in Ireland.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the development subject to 11 conditions, stating the greenway would be in accordance with European, national, regional and local planning and related policy.