Meath County Council to defend five judicial review cases

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The first case is before the High Court tomorrow

The legal proceedings relate mainly to land rezoning decisions.

Meath County Council has backed its legal team to defend five judicial review proceedings at the High Court tomorrow.

The cases relate to decisions made by councilors under the county’s new development plan, which came into effect last November.

A number of candidates are asking the High Court to overturn councilors’ decisions to rezone land in parts of the county such as Ashbourne, Kilcock, Killegland, Stamullen and the ‘southern outskirts’ of Drogheda.

One case concerns the granting of permission for the construction of a link road in Clonee.

A special meeting of Meath County Council this morning was told the cost of the proceedings could exceed ‘well over half a million euros’.

However, councilors have received legal advice that the ‘worst-case scenario’ would involve the council not representing themselves in court.

Council legal officer Rory McEntee told the meeting that this would prevent the local authority from engaging with the court and dealing with the consequences of the judge’s decision.

After a long debate, the majority of the councilors voted to approve the council defending itself in the judicial reviews.

The cases described below are listed in the High Court over the next three weeks, with the first case starting tomorrow:

  • Killegland Estates Limited -v- Meath County Council
  • McGarrell Reilly Homes Ltd & Alcove Ireland Eight Ltd -v- Meath County Council
  • Hickwell Ltd & Hickcastle Ltd -v- Meath County Council
  • Protect East Meath -v- Meath County Council
  • Dolent Properties LP -v- Meath County Council