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Council seeks €10m to fund water pipe replacement

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry County Council has applied to Irish Water for €10 million in funding to replace water pipes in the greater Killarney area.

The Council was responding to a motion by Cllr Marie Moloney who is concerned at the number of water breakages across the district.

“Every week, Kerry County Council in conjunction with Irish Water are announcing breakages,” she told last week’s meeting of Killarney Municipal Council.

A Council spokesperson told the meeting that pipe replacement work at Ballyspillane, Lewis Road, Dalton’s Avenue, Marian Park, O’Kelly’s Villas, Woodlawn Rd, and Ross Rd in the town and outlying areas like Ballaugh, Coolcaslagh, Torrencahill, Rathmore, Barraduff, and Knockanes, all form part of a recent submission for funding by the Council to Irish Water.

In a separate motion, Cllr Michael Gleeson asked if there were any plans to build a second supply reservoir at Sheehree. The current reservoir has a capacity for 30,000 M3 and a Council spokesperson said they had “no plans to develop a second one”.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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