Iarnród Éireann has brought a legal challenge to Clare County Council over its decision to include 19 rail bridges on a list of protected structures. The railway operator has said the decision may mean it will have to seek planning permission for works on county bridges on the Limerick-Ennis line. This could ultimately mean the closure of the entire line for a time, Stephen Dodd BL, for Iarnród Éireann, told the High Court. Mr Justice Seamus Noonan gave Mr Dodd leave to seek judicial review of the council’s recent decision to add the 19 bridges to the list. The leave application was made on an ex parte, one-side-only represented, basis.
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