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Council gives green light to five-year road safety plan

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL has published a five-year road safety plan for the county. The plan, which aims to develop a co-ordinated approach to the issue of road safety, was adopted by councillors late last year and covers the period up to 2020.

The new plan focuses on progress on the four ‘E’s of Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation and involved the input of many other organisations including An Garda Síochána, the HSE, the Road Safety Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport.

In the decade between 2006 and 2015, a total of 119 people lost their lives on Kerry’s roads and the Plan aims to significantly reduce serious injury and fatality on the roads of Kerry. It sets out four main objectives in the areas of education, engineering, enforcement and evaluation in the years up to 2020.

It aims to raise awareness of road safety with a view to changing attitudes and behaviour at individual, community, and organisational levels; to make Kerry’s road network safer and more forgiving of inevitable errors by road users dnsure viable and appropriate enforcement, acting as a deterrent and increasing compliance with road traffic laws; and ensure sustainable reduction in road fatalities and serious injury by constant research into the efficacy of actions undertaken.

The outgoing Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, said: "The successful implementation of the Plan will be dependant, not only on the various organisations responsible for road safety, but also on the assistance and cooperation of all road users.

"Through working together, and sharing our knowledge, expertise and experience, we aim to develop a safer environment for all road users. This will be achieved through educating drivers and those using our roads, improving road standards, and enforcing legislation."

The chief superintendent of An Garda Síochána in Kerry, Tom Myers, said: "I am resolute in ensuring the people of Kerry and the many visitors to the county engage in safe driving practices. A key priority is the enforcement of road traffic legislation. We will use targeted enforcement based on intelligence and analysis, as well as education and prevention programmes to reduce serious injuries and fatalities."
 


 
Above: Launching the new Road Safety Plan for Kerry in the Council Chamber, were Chief Superintendent, An Garda Síochána, Tom Myers; Road Safety Promotion Officer, Road Safety Authority, Eileen Cunningham; Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea; Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell; Road Safety Officer, Kerry County Council, Michelle Mullane; Patient Transport Manager, HSE, Brendan Galwey.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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