A takeaway owner in Abbeyfeale in Limerick has been fined over €3,000 for illegally erecting advertising signs without planning permission.
Tom Moloney, of Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale was fined €1,000 with costs imposed of €2,024.69 after failing to comply with an enforcement notice previously issued. Mr. Moloney was not in court for the hearing and was fined in his absence.
The premises, previously a public house by rezoned as a takeaway and restaurant in 2003, is a proteced structure and as such any alterations to the building require planning permission. In 2010 it had come to the court’s attention that unauthorised signs had been installed. A warning letter was sent to Mr. Moloney, followed by an enforcement letter, prompting the owner to take down some of the signs and apply for permission to retain another.
In the meantime one of the signs was put in the shop window, again against protected structures laws. In January of this year Mr. Moloney received permission to install a projecting sign however to date this has not been done.
Judge Mary Larkin ordered Mr Moloney to comply with the original enforcement notice and to remove any unauthorised signs.