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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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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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