A number of angry Ashbourne residents have joined Independent councillor Joe Bonner on his protest over the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission to developers, Rybo, for apartments on the only green space available for children to play on in the towns Millbourne estate.

Our picture shows Bonner supported by others displaying placards outside the planning boards Dublin HQ this morning.

Bonner told Meath Live, ‘I’m heartened that others feel strongly enough to back me on this, I’ve been thinking about the whole thing over the last few days and one thing that puzzles me is that the board overruled the decision of their own inspectors, which in my experience is extremely unusual.’

Meanwhile, the Millbourne residents association have opened a GoFundMe page to raise money for a legal challenge to the planning authority’s decision and have raised almost €4000 in twenty four hours

Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/f/251v2359w0