The Green Party's planning spokesperson Steven Matthews has said he is disappointed by the Taoiseach's comments about An Taisce in the Dáil today.

Micheál Martin said earlier that he hoped An Taisce would not appeal a decision by the High Court to allow planning permission for a Glanbia cheese factory in south Kilkenny.

Mr Martin said the court had ruled clearly on the matter and the plant was important to the region and to the dairy industry.

However, Mr Matthews said tonight that An Taisce is required to make submissions on certain planning applications and it would be preferable if politicians did not cast judgment on live planning matters.