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Community not giving an Inch over telecom tower

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The community of Inch is maintaining a 24-hour vigil outside a telecoms mast that was erected near a family home last week.

Towercom built the 24 meter high telecommunications monopole on their own site – and with full planning permission – within meters of the family home in the west Kerry village.

The tower was erected last week and the scale and size of it caught the community off guard.

“It is a big metal skyscraper in a tiny village,” group spokesperson Katie Foley, of Foley’s Bar told the Killarney Advertiser.
Over the course of the last week the community has held talks with politicians in an effort to get the tower removed.

Towercom has agreed to cease all operations at the site until a meeting can be held between senior Towercom staff and the community.

In the meantime, members of the community are maintain a 24-hour watch on the site in case engineers return.

“We have people here from 7am and 9pm every day and others are keeping an eye through the night,” added Ms Foley.

“The community is sticking in the ground and will not allow this go ahead. We understand that the engineers are just the men on the ground – they are paid to do a job. But we are the people on the ground here and we also have a job to do too. We are trying to get in touch with the men in offices.”

Ms Foley also raised concerns on some of the discrepancies in the planning paperwork. It was stated that tall trees would be planted around the tower to hide it from public view.

“None of that was put in place to even try and camouflage it,” she said.

TOWER OWNERS 

Towercom, the company which owns and operates the new 20m monopole structure at Inch, has stated that the enhanced telecommunication infrastructure is compliant with planning laws and regulations. 

“The increase in demand for mobile broadband in the two years since Covid, to support home working and the significant increase for both business and home use, requires urgent and significantly improved infrastructure countrywide. The enhanced Inch structure is a critical part of this telecommunications network and is required in response to rising demand from consumers ,” said a Towercom statement. 

Full planning permission for the enhanced structur was granted by Kerry County Council in October 2020. 

“Following complaints received earlier this week, Towercom has now paused work, pending discussions to be held locally and arrangements are being made currently in this regard. “We are hopeful that the matter will be resolved shortly to enable provision of improved broadband services for the community living in and those visiting, this part of County Kerry.” Towercom added.

CORRECTION 

In our print edition, dated December 24, we mistakenly said that Eir was the owner of the communication site.

“Eir are aware of the issue over the placement of a mobile mast in Inch, Co. Kerry. The tower has been developed and is owned by Towercom, not eir, and eir mobile service is not available from this mast location. Towercom is engaging with local residents on the matter,” said an eir statement.
 

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Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences. The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention […]

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Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences.

The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention Centre attended IMEX Frankfurt 2024 in Germany this week to promote the island of Ireland for corporate meetings and incentive travel ~

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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