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Cllr calls for reduced speed limit at junction

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A newly elected councillor says speed at one junction is "lethal" and is calling in the Council to introduce traffic calming measures to reduce the speed limit.

Cllr John O'Donoghue asked if the Council would liaise with the relevant bodies to look at the possibility of introducing a reduced speed limit at the junction of the N22 with the R569 where the Cork road meets the road to Kilgarvan at Clonkeen "in light of yet another accident there recently".

"This junction where the N22 meets the R569 where the Cork road meets the Kilgarvan road at Clonkeen has been a major source of frustration for locals with a long time now," he said at the recent Killarney Municipal meeting.

"It is extremely dangerous with numerous accidents and near misses over the years. The junction is simply too busy, and with passing traffic moving far too quickly, it is lethal. This is particularly the case with traffic coming from the County Bounds on the Cork side as they are travelling in the lane vehicles turning off have to pass through, and the junction is a little blind to them and they are coming at such speed they are regularly not realising there is a junction there until too late. I call on the Council and other relevant bodies to examine traffic calming measures, including but not exclusively, reducing the speed limit before the junction and installing an electronic speed sign notifying motorists they are driving too fast. The recent accident there, as well as others elsewhere have really highlighted the need to tackle this junction before it is too late and someone gets killed up there."

In their reply the Council said that safety works to improve sight distance at the N22/R569 junction were completed earlier this year.

"Kerry County Council will consult with the Garda Traffic Corps in relation to this section of the N22 and will continue to monitor the junction and will examine any verified collision data or information when available to identify any issues which may remain."

In response to their reply, Cllr O'Donoghue said that he "welcomed the improvement works already completed this year but did not accept that these were adequate and felt much more needs to be done".

"I said regrettably it looks as though it will take a serious accident at this junction to prompt the TII to change the speed limit up there."

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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