Villagers from Knocknagoshel in Co Kerry have handed in a submission to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) over plans by eir for a 15m telecommunications mast in the middle of the village.

The group travelled to Dublin earlier today to protest outside the planning board and to lodge its objection.

Kerry County Council refused planning permission for the telecommunications mast in January but the company has appealed the decision to ABP.

This is the third time that eir has attempted to develop a mast at its old telephone exchange building in the middle of the north Kerry village.

All previous applications have been turned down by Kerry County Council.

A bus with 15 people on board left Knocknagoshel for Dublin just after 6am.

The group held a peaceful protest outside the entrance to ABP's offices in the city centre.

Earlier, a similar protest - calling on eir to reconsider the site - took place outside the telecommunication company's head office in Citywest.

In a statement, eir said that given the decision of Kerry County Council is under appeal, it would not be making any comment at this stage.

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