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By Michelle Crean

Kerry County Council published its annual report for 2018, which was launched at County Buildings last week by Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher.

The report is a comprehensive record of the work and achievements of the local authority during last year and sets out the infrastructural improvements, service delivery and investment in projects and initiatives achieved in the year against the backdrop of a €225m spend in capital and revenue expenditure.

During 2018, there was significant investment in essential infrastructure including, for example, an increased investment of €53m in the county’s roads network, the continuing rollout of a €62m housing programme, and the opening of a new €30m water treatment plant at Lough Guitane which provides clean drinking water to approximately half of the population of the county, as well as the many visitors to Kerry.

For the Killarney area, capital projects during this time included the opening of a new burial ground in Knockeendubh, providing approximately 2,300 burial spaces for the next 30 years.

The Flesk Cycle/Walkway received Part 8 Planning approval in 2018 and the recently opened Rock Road car park provided an additional 190 parking spaces in the town.

The Municipal District was also successful in obtaining funding under the Urban Regeneration Development Fund towards the development of a masterplan for the Áras Phádraig site. A project team was put in place to proceed with the development of a masterplan for this site on Lewis Road.

Work also continued on proposals to further develop the walking route from the Gap Cross to the Gap of Dunloe and around Lough Leane.

Part 8 approval for the redevelopment of the Cultural Centre on East Avenue Road which involves significant refurbishment and accessibility works inside the building along with development of an outdoor area for events, was progressed in 2018.

Infrastructural developments include the N71 Port Road was strengthened and overlaid in 2018. The scheme also involved safety improvement works at the junction of the Port Road and New Road, as well as the upgrading and relocating the existing pedestrian crossing on the Port Road. This allows improved access to the Knockeer Children’s Playground and Killarney National Park.

Resurfacing of Kenmare Place and the ‘HaHah’ took place as well as sections of Main Street and Mission Road. The upgrade of the Fair Hill pedestrian crossing received Section 38 approval in November.

Kerry County Council also invested in over €200,000 for street cleaning equipment including the purchase of a new road sweeper.

Also, Killarney Municipal District staff in conjunction with volunteers from Killarney Looking Good planted 26,000 spring bulbs at locations along the Mission Road, Dr Hans Liebherr Road and the Killarney Bypass.

Several areas within the Municipal District received CLÁR funding for local and community projects including Firies, Rathmore and Barraduff.

75 projects were approved for funding under the Community Support Fund with a monetary value of €175,000.

“As Chief Excutive of the Council, I wish to sincerely thank the staff of the organisation – those based in Áras An Chontae, our Municipal District offices, our local Area Offices and our outdoor staff in every part of the county,” Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell said. “Their dedication and professionalism exemplify the important public service provided by the local authority.”

 

 

 

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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