In June 2015 An Bord Pleanála ruled that the fencing on Fenit Island was unauthorised development and hence illegal. On 4 May 2017 the three Fenit Island developers were served with Enforcement Notices requiring them to demolish the fencing and remove them from the island.
This represents a significant turning point in the campaign which means that the unsightly, access denying industrial scale structures such as those pictured below will once and for all be removed from this scenically stunning corner of the island of Ireland.
This achievement is due entirely to the persistence of scores of campaigners who have worked tirelessly to employ the systems that are provided by statute to protect our common heritage. We thank all of the very many who have contributed to the achievement of this significant turning point in our campaign.
'I do have some concerns that the screening carried out by the planning authority was substantially based on a misconception – i.e. that most of the fencing was just outside the boundary of the SAC.' (ibid, Page 12)