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Councillor hits out at progress of Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme

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By Michelle Crean

Some people won’t have an opportunity to join the proposed Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme after three important legs were withdrawn – a local councillor claimed this week.

Cllr Marie Moloney said that she was left “dismayed and disappointed” following a virtual meeting with Irish Water on Wednesday saying that she was informed that Knockataggle, the Rathanane Roads and the GAA Club House, are not included in the new scheme, even though they were in the original proposals.

The scheme, by Irish Water who are working in partnership with Kerry County Council, will provide a new sewer collection system for Kilcummin village that will ensure wastewater from the village is treated appropriately. Over the coming months, Irish Water will progress land acquisition and procurement for the scheme. Works on the project are expected to commence late in 2022.

The new sewerage infrastructure to be constructed as part of this scheme will include a sewer network for Kilcummin village, a pumping station, and approximately six kilometres of sewers, and will reduce the reliance on on-site systems such as septic tanks and package treatment plants. Once operational, the new sewerage scheme will connect into the sewer network in Killarney town, where it will be collected and transferred to Killarney Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for appropriate treatment.

“A public information night took place nearly two years ago outlining the areas where the sewer scheme was to be provided,” Cllr Moloney said.

“We were told they didn’t have enough applications to warrant the scheme being provided for some of the areas on the outskirts of the village. Yet at the information night they didn’t tell the people that they had to make prior application before the scheme was actually confirmed. I know a lot of people on these roads are going to be disappointed and angry as they were intending to join the scheme when it was being installed. Now they won’t have an opportunity to do so.”

She said that they were also advised that it would cost in the region of €150,000 for every 100m which will push this scheme outside of the reach of a lot of people.


“Along with that, we were told that the scheme would not proceed to construction until the end of 2022 after tendering and negotiations have taken place at a highly elevated price of over €9m. Unfortunately, it is hard to accept the word of Irish Water officials that this much needed scheme will proceed to construction on the dates they have given us as we have had so many dates previously and nothing happened. Irish Water is like the boy who cried wolf.”

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae added it “is extremely disappointing for the people who were led to believe that they could connect to the public scheme”. “We will now have to redouble our efforts to ensure it is carried out to include the original design and nothing else is acceptable for the people of Kilcummin.”

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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