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Killarney facing rental property dilemma

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By Sean Moriarty

There is a chronic shortage of long-term properties to rent in the town – with just five in a 10km radius this week listed on rental website daft.ie.

There are over 600 short stay properties, in the same radius, available on airbnb.ie. The Government could make a decision within the next 10 days to further restrict the short-term letting of houses and apartments in an effort to appease the national housing shortage.

However, these are the very properties that visitors to Killarney want to rent – and any attempt to reduce available holiday properties in the town will be met with opposition from the town’s tourism leaders.

It will also lead to more expensive holidays for tourists (both Irish and international) as they face ever increasing costs against the backdrop of less choice.

"The visitors who come to rural Ireland for a few months mean a lot to the local economy in rural places such as Gneeveguilla, Scartaglin and Kilgarvan,” Danny Healy-Rae TD told the Dáil during a Lettings Enforcement Bill debate.

“It boosts the local pub or shop. That means something. We should not deprive those people of that. The other thing is these visitors want to experience rural areas. They perhaps left cities and hotels and gave half their life living in those very bright-light urban areas and want to experience a local place. If we hurt those people who operate what they call this Airbnb system, it would be wrong.”

He called on the Government to fund local county councils so they can build more affordable housing.

“I feel this bill is interfering with the democratic rights of house holders to do what they chose with their own property. Rents are expensive but this is not the way to deal with it, they need to build more houses as a matter of urgency,” he added.

"There are two major issues here; one is planning permission where the only place that seems to be available is Killarney where sites are costing €1 million an acre now, and the other issue is the increased cost of materials to build a house.”

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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