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A Kerry County Councillor has called on Kerry County Council to provide a footpath at Sunhill, Killorglin before a pedestrian or cyclist is "killed or seriously injured".

Councillor Michael Cahill moved a motion at a recent Municipal District meeting where he said the Sunhill Road is an exceptionally busy road servicing several housing estates, B&Bs, numerous one off houses and farms, and should be at the top of the Council's agenda.

"You have a very large population living in this part of Killorglin, including many elderly people and families with young children and I believe the provision of a public footpath at this location should be a top priority for Kerry County Council," the Rossbeigh based Councillor said.

"Sunhill is where most future developments will be going and where services will be required."

The Fianna Fáil Councillor said this is now a major "health and safety" issue and he requested Kerry County Council to include the Sunhill footpath in the next Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

"This is a very important and necessary piece of infrastructure that is long overdue and will help prevent accidents. This section of road is a death trap and the fact that the most populated part of Killorglin does not have a safe footpath for its residents beggars belief."

Senior Roads Engineer Padraic Teahan gave the following response to Councillor Cahill's motion.

'It is accepted that the provision of a new footpath link on this local road is a priority to link residential areas with the national school and the town's traditional core. The Council is, therefore, considering the submission of this project for €100,000 of grant assistance under the 2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Land acquisition by agreement would be required to advance the footpath link, if funding was secured.
The Council had previously submitted this project to the Department of Rural and Community Development as a Clár scheme in 2019. However, no funding was allocated by the Department on that occasion'.

Councillor Cahill welcomed Mr Teahan's response and called on the Council to make every effort to secure the €100,000 grant and requested the area engineer to commence negotiations with the local landowners.

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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Bus to Belfast to stay on the road

A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]

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A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.

The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.

“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”

The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.

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