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CCTV cameras “needed to reduce crime”

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CCTV cameras should be installed at strategic locations on key roads entering and exiting the county to help reduce crime.

That's according to Councillor Michael Cahill, who has requested that the Joint Policing Board and Kerry County Council investigate the feasibility of providing CCTV cameras to prevent and deter "roaming gangs" that are "robbing and breaking into homes and businesses".

The Fianna Fáil Councillor said at a recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee that he understands that there are cost and GDPR constraints that have to be considered.

“This should only be considered on a highly regulated and restricted access basis and best practices of existing operations should also be examined, but it could be a very useful tool in the fight against crime in the county.”

Responding to Councillor Cahill, Chief Superintendent Foster said that "An Garda Síochána are extremely supportive of any initiative which will support our efforts to prevent and detect Criminal Offences in the county".

However, Councillor Cahill said he received a negative response to his proposal from Chief Superintendent Foster who stated that due to the cost factor and strict legal requirements around GDPR, it would not be suitable, stating that "taking account of the above factors, it is not considered that the proposal as set out would meet the requirements as set out by the Data Protection Commission in relation to the use of such CCTV technology".

"Almost every Community Council Committee, Tidy Towns Committee and Chamber Alliance Committee has campaigned for CCTV cameras to be installed in the towns and villages of Kerry," Councillor Cahill said.

"If we are serious about preventing crime and bringing criminals and drug dealers to justice, then this is the way to go. I have stated on many occasions in the past, that CCTV cameras should be installed at strategic locations on key roads entering and exiting our county. This is the only way that the roaming gangs that are robbing and breaking into homes and businesses across the county, can be monitored and brought to justice," he added.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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