CLARE CO Council has refused planning permission to Hutchinson 3G Ireland Ltd to construct a 120ft mast near Cratloe in southeast Co Clare due to fears it would endanger or interfere with aircraft and pose a risk of a major accident.
In making the decision the council took into account an objection by the Irish Aviation Authority against the development, which was proposed for a site six miles from Shannon airport.
This year Hutchinson 3G Ireland Ltd lodged plans for the development to extend broadband coverage in the area. The six radio dishes on the mast were also required to connect with national broadband scheme sites in the west of Ireland.
The council said the proposed development would endanger or interfere with aircraft safety, the safety of navigation and would pose a risk of a major accident.