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False planning objections raise a concern

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney councillor has raised concerns after he discovered false planning objections were being lodged to Kerry County Council.

At Monday’s Ordinary Meeting of the council, Cllr John O’Donoghue asked if the “Council would detail what identification checks are made on persons submitting planning objections?”

“I was recently made aware of a case where a young couple had an objection lodged against their planning application to build a house. When the required time elapsed and they found out who the objector was, they were surprised to see it was from someone from a very small townland at the other end of the county. As events unfolded, it transpired that the person named as the objector had not made the objection, and had no knowledge whatsoever of the house even being built,” Cllr O’Donoghue told the meeting. “I find this most unsatisfactory and while I may not agree in entirety with the process, I accept that it is an absolute right of anyone in this country to object to any development they wish.”

A Council official said: “Any person or body, on payment of the prescribed fee, may make a submission or observation in writing to a planning authority in relation to a planning application within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.”

Mr O’Donoghue felt this did not directly answer his question.

“I thank the Council for their reply but note that my question regarding identification checks on individuals objecting to planning has not been mentioned, presumably because there are none,” he said.

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Documents for driving abroad in Europe

By John Healy of Healy Insurances As of August 2021, a green card (or international motor insurance card) is no longer required for travel in the European Economic Area. This […]

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

As of August 2021, a green card (or international motor insurance card) is no longer required for travel in the European Economic Area.

This area includes all the European Union countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. You also don’t need a green card for Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Switzerland.

If you are travelling with your vehicle to the named counties you will still need to bring:

Your certificate of motor insurance
Your vehicle licencing certificate
Your driving licence
Your passport

If you are taking a company owned, hired or borrowed vehicle, you will need a letter of authorisation from the registered owner along with the vehicle licencing certificate.

It is important to check the legal requirements for the country you are driving in. Some EU countries including France will require you to carry the following items:

Reflective jackets for each occupant of the vehicle
Warning triangle
Headlamp beam deflectors
Breathalyser test
Spare bulb kit
First Aid Kit (compulsory in Austria, France and Germany)

It is advisable to have your travel insurance details, European breakdown cover details, health insurance details and your European Health Insurance card in your possession. Travel safe.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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