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Hopes Main Street repairs will get confirmation of funding this week

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FUNDING: Cllr Brendan Cronin recently highlighted the poor condition of the paving on Main Street in March. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevski

 

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By Sean Moriarty

Cllr Brendan Cronin is hopeful that repairs to Main St will be allocated substantial funding at today’s (Friday) Killarney Municipal Meeting.

In place of normal Town Hall meetings, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, elected members of the Killarney Municipal District and Kerry County Council officials will meet at Killarney Sports and Leisure Complex, to discuss the area’s roadworks programme and budget for 2020.

In March this year the Listry councillor pushed for repair work to be undertaken on the town’s Main Street. He raised concerns over the condition of the paving on the street. Main Street was refurbished over 10 years ago and the works included the paving of the street, the widening of footpaths and the reduction of car parking spaces from the street’s junction with Plunkett St to Market Cross.

Paving slabs on the street have now become dislodged and are causing a vibration noise every time a vehicle passes over them. The loose paving has become unsightly and some are completely missing and backfilled with asphalt.

It is hoped that funding of up to €70,000 will be allocated to the project at today’s meeting.

“As a result of highlighting road surface issues on Main Street, all going well on Friday, it will receive an allocation of €70,000 for the revamp,” Cllr Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

There has also been calls, particularly by Cllr Donal Grady, to carry out these works during the current lockdown. The absence of local shoppers and tourists in the town centre is the perfect opportunity to carry out repair works according to the veteran councillor.

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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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