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Bórd Pleanála ‘postpones’ Adare bypass plans

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The proposed Adare Bypass is a particularly significant project for the county of Kerry, as it is one of the main entry/exit points for the Kingdom, according to the Deputy Mayor of Kerry County Council and Cathaoirleach of Kenmare Municipal District, Councillor Michael Cahill.

“The transit of people and goods in and out of Kerry, is much restricted and delayed by poor traffic conditions at Adare and the proposed bypass would be a godsend. However, An Bórd Pleanála have once again postponed announcing their decision within the planning process” stated the Fianna Fáil man.

“The question must be asked if An Bórd Pleanála is equipped for this task? Is it properly resourced, is it sufficiently staffed? From the number of postponements experienced during the decision on The South Kerry Greenway, and subsequent legal challenges to it, some still pending, is the correct type of professional expertise available to An Bórd Pleanála,”  saidCouncillor Cahill.

“The likes of the Adare Bypass and the South Kerry Greenway are major public infrastructure projects being progressed on behalf of our people. Taking ten and twenty years to complete them because of red tape and slow moving bureaucracy is absolutely unforgivable” stated the Rossbeigh based Councillor.

“It appears to me that An Bórd Pleanála is overdue a total shakeup in personnel and procedures and that legislation in this area requires to be brought up to date and streamlined. Personnel rights and Environmental concerns need to be built in to a robust system which allows depositions from interested parties affected in the locality. All objections must be taken on board and dealt with in a speedy and considerate manner and the decision made should then be final. We have been strung along for far too long with two of the biggest projects ever for our county, the South Kerry Greenway and the Adare Bypass and the time for progress is now. These two massive projects are essential to the economic recovery of County Kerry” added Councillor Cahill.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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