Dolores McNamara’s son wins planning row with Clare County Council

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

DOLORES McNamara’s son, Gary, is aiming to expand his farming enterprise after winning a planning row with Clare County Council.

DOLORES McNamara’s son, Gary, is aiming to expand his farming enterprise after winning a planning row with Clare County Council.

The Castleconnell resident received conditional permission to keep farm buildings built without permission at his mother’s 24-hectare farm in Lough Derg.

Dolores McNamara bought Lough Derg Hall for €1.7m in 2005.

Mr McNamara successfully applied for retention of two storage sheds, a 4-bay slatted unit and two horse walkers at Ballylaghan, Ogonnelloe, Killaloe.

The two sheds where retention was allowed are 745sqm and 133sqm.

He was also granted planning permission for the extension of the 4-bay slatted unit - 181sqm - to provide a total of 14 bays together with ancillary concrete aprons and site development works. The 14-bay unit will be 658sqm when completed.

It is understood that Mr McNamara - a fully qualified tradesman - became involved in farming after his mother scooped €115m in the EuroMillions in 2005. As part of his application to the council, Mr McNamara said the sheds were needed for better management of livestock.

During the summer, Mr McNamara keeps 72 cattle and two horses on the farm. The winter stock of cattle is estimated at around 120.

As well as the 24-hectare farm, the McNamara family rent another 17 hectares of farmland nearby.

The council agreed to allow him to keep the buildings used for agricultural purposes because they were in accordance with the “sustainable development of the area”.

However, the council attached nine conditions.

The council said Mr McNamara must have the sheds painted by next February and submit photographic evidence to the local authority that this has been completed.

A certificate that the sheds and horse walkers were constructed in accordance with Department of Agriculture guidelines must be submitted.

All effluents and farmyard manures shall be managed and disposed of in accordance with the European Communities Regulations.

Steps shall be taken to ensure accidental spillage of effluent does not occur from the system and details with regard to the same shall be agreed with the planning authority prior to the commencement of development.

Broadleaf trees such as Oak or Beech shall be planted with the proposed Alder/Holly/Scots Pine mix “to aid the integration of the shed into the landscape”.

Any trees which fail within three years after planting shall be replaced. Planning permission has also been allowed for a silage apron - located alongside the slatted unit.

It was reported in mid-December that Mrs McNamara was one of the key bidders for nearbye Tinarana House - a Victorian property, 2.3km of Lough Derg’s lake shore frontage and over 270 acres.

It was sold for €3.5m - nearly twice the asking price by GVM and Knight Frank Auctioneers.