By Sean Moriarty
The Killarney Safe Streets programme cost a staggering €149,478.76 to put in place - new figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser can reveal.
Kerry County Council spent a total of €238,324.10 on the Safe Streets project across its five municipal districts. However, all of this money came from National Transport Authority grants and was not taken from the Council’s annual budget.
The average cost between the other four districts of Kenmare, Castleisland/Corca Dhuibhne, Listowel and Tralee was a modest €22,211 per region but the Killarney project cost in excess of €125,000 more than any other municipal district in the county.
Rolled out in July, the Safe Streets plan was designed to allow social distancing on the county’s streets and to allow businesses reopen after months of pandemic related closures.
The Killarney project included the widening of several town centre footpaths, at an estimated cost of 50 parking spaces and the full-time pedestrianisation of Plunkett St and a portion of Kenmare Place.
Although elected in the Castleisland/Corca Dhuibhne Area Municipal District Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae questioned the level of spending in Killarney at Wednesday’s Kerry County Council meeting.
“I am not knocking the merits of the plan and its merits is to keep people safe,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “But if the works in Killarney are temporary why is everything so permanent compared to other towns. If the changes are temporary it will mean bringing in a machine ripping up the footpaths and that seems like an awful waste of money.”
A Council spokesperson told the meeting:
“The Town Centre Mobility Plans for Kerry were implemented as emergency measures in response to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and have taken into account the need to maintain social distancing and other controls while businesses reopened in towns across the county.”
Three questions for Kerry County Council:
KA: Why did Killarney cost significantly more than other towns?
KCC: “The National Transport Authority has provided grant assistance to Kerry County Council in implementing these mobility plans which covers the full cost of expenditure incurred to date. A total of €238,324 has been expended throughout the county on mobility plans to date as discussed at the meeting of Kerry County Council on Wednesday. Those costs vary across the Municipal Districts and the county’s towns based on numerous factors which were assessed during the process, for example, footfall, width of existing footpaths and streetscapes etc.”
KA: Based on the logic of Safe Streets, are you more likely to contract COVID-19 in Killarney than any other town? Or, on the same logic, why was Killarney offered better protection than other towns?
KCC: “This is not a question of different protection for different towns – every town and village in Kerry has different requirements which were assessed during the implementation of safety measures.”
KA: If this is only a temporary measure, how much is it going to cost to reinstate the streets to their former condition?
KCC: “The Mobility Plans will be kept under review and it may be necessary to expand or extend these plans as society continues to deal with the pandemic over the coming months.”
Local soprano releases new single
Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]
Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.
Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.
‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.
“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.
Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town
The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]
The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.
Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.
“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said.
“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!
“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”
The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.
“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.
“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”
To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.
Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.
For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.
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