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Finnegan’s Cross safety works remain on the long finger

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By Sean Moriarty

Less than 24 hours after Cllr Marie Moloney raised concerns about the lack of progress on the dangerous Finnegan’s Cross traffic safety project the junction witnessed another serious crash.

Cllr Moloney raised the issue, again, at the recent Killarney Municipal District Meeting.

Despite allocated funding for the notoriously dangerous junction, work has yet to commence on promised upgrades.

Last February the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan allocated €200,000 to the project. However, this was just a carryover from previously unspent money allocated under the 2021 Safety Improvement Works on Regional and Local Roads funding scheme.

The junction has been the scene of several serious, some fatal, accidents in recent years and while new safety signage has been installed on the north/south approach to the junction, the promised realignment works have yet to start.

“The delay with dealing with safety works at Finnegan’s Cross in unacceptable. This has now been ongoing for two years and apart from the erection of signs, no work has taken place on the ground,” she told the meeting.

“This is not fair to the people living in the locality who use this junction where there is no sight distance and are risking their lives every day. We have been advised that agreement has been reached with the landholders and designs drawn up but it still has not gone out to public consultation.”

Several ambulances, fire engines and garda cars attended the scene of another crash at the junction – 24 hours after Moloney raised the matter with the Council.

Council officials say that the reason the project has not moved forward is that there has been a substantial increase in costs and the allocated €200,000 will not now cover the costs of the project.

“Following on from discussions with the relevant landowners, an estimate of the proposed design has established that the cost of the proposed scheme will exceed the existing allocation under the terms of the Safety Improvement Scheme,” a Council official told the meeting.

“Following discussions with the Department of Transport, Kerry County Council has prepared and submitted a Project Appraisal Report to the Department for their consideration with the view of funding the Scheme via an alternative funding source. Once the source of funding has been established, Kerry County Council will be able to conclude the acquisition by agreement of the required land. This acquisition would be subject to obtaining the necessary approval under a Statutory Process.”

Moloney added that further delays will lead to more fatalities at the junction and is calling for traffic calming measures like rumble strips or ramps to be installed on the east/west approach too.

She will also bring a deputation of concerned locals before the council during either the November or January meetings in an effort to get solutions to this ongoing project.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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