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Calls for modular homes for 1,400 on waiting list

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney Municipal District councillors believe that modular housing could be put forwards as a solution to the county’s housing shortage.

The Government plans to build 500 modular houses in various locations across the country in an effort to cope with the corresponding refugee crisis.

At last Monday’s full Kerry County Council meeting Cllr. Brendan Cronin said:

"I am requesting Kerry County Council's Planning Department to give favourable consideration to people in Kerry that apply for permission to construct appropriately designed modular homes."

A Kerry County Council official explained that the local authority offers a comprehensive pre-planning service to any individual with an interest in land and property.

“As part of this service, the merits of any particular proposal including the design of a dwelling, its construction type including modular designs together with relevant national and local planning policy applicable can be discussed,” the official said.

However, on the days after the meeting, Cllr Donal Grady said housing locals who are on Kerry County Council’s housing list was more important and that modular homes could be used in the Killarney area.

“They are completely overlooking and forgetting the existing crisis we have of our own here for those currently on the social housing list, prior to refugees arriving in this State and particularly the overloading of them here in Killarney. There’s 1,400 waiting on the housing list in the Killarney Municipal District area and 950 in the Killarney Urban Area,” said Cllr Grady.

“If half the effort was put into housing those on the social housing list here in Kerry, everyone on the list would be housed.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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