Limerick man convicted twice over failure to remove illegal sheds

Judge Mary Larkin imposed a €450 fine

Judge Mary Larkin imposed a €450 fine

A LIMERICK man has been convicted for a second time over his failure to remove two sheds which were built without planning permission.

Michael Ryan, who has an address at Whitethorn Drive, Caherdavin, was prosecuted before Limerick District Court relating to the unauthorised sheds which are located at Mount Catherine, Clonlara.

Solicitor Marina Keane, representing Clare County Council, told Judge Mary Larkin, an Enforcement Notice requiring the defendant to remove the two sheds and the associated foundations and any machinery on the site has not been complied with. 

The notice, she said, was served on him in June 2015.

Authorised officer Angela Gannon, who conducted an inspection in April 2016,  said the sheds, which are located between two dwelling houses, were built without planning permission a number of years earlier. 

One of the sheds, she said, is a Steeltech while the second has been constructed with block work.

Judge Larkin was told Mr Ryan, who was not present in court, was previously prosecuted and convicted over his failure to comply with the Enforcement Notice.

He was fined €2,000 in October 2015 and ordered to pay the costs of Clare County Council which totalled almost €2,300.

Ms Keane confirmed the fine and costs were paid but that Mr Ryan has still not removed the sheds despite indicating he would do so.

After recording a formal conviction under the Planning and Development Act, Judge Larkin fined Mr Ryan €450 giving him six months to pay. He was also ordered to pay the cost and expenses of Clare County Council which totalled just over €2,000. 

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