Friday, 22 August 2008

'Lying Eyes' trial duo win development row

THE father and son who were targets of the 'Lying Eyes' murder conspiracy yesterday won a planning row over a €5m luxury development.

PJ and Robert Howard, of Ennis, Co Clare, have won their battle with developers Frank Doherty and Conor Meehan over the lakeside 11-unit housing development on the shores of Ballybeg Lough, near Ennis.

Last month, PJ Howard's former partner Sharon Collins was found guilty of conspiracy to murder him and his two sons, Niall and Robert.

The Howards live across the lake from the proposed development, and stated in their objection lodged with Clare County Council that it would "result in the loss of the privacy that they have enjoyed for many years".

However, the developers withdrew their application after learning the council intended to refuse permission, in part due to a report of a lack of sewerage and water infrastructure.

Gordon Deegan
Irish Independent

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