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CONCERNS: 150 Sliabh Luachra residents attended a public meeting to highlight concerns to the proposed construction of a battery compound in their area.

 

Residents against battery compound plan to join forces

By Sean Moriarty

Communities across east and north Kerry are to join forces and protest outside Kerry County Buildings -to strengthen their opposition to battery storage compounds in their areas.

On Monday, July 15, residents from the Sliabh Luachra area, who are fighting plans for a 40 unit battery storage compound in their area, will team up with other groups in Kerry who are also fighting the same plans in their areas – as they fear for their health, afraid that the batteries could catch fire, explode or overheat if the compound gets the go ahead.

Last week, An Bord Pleanála upheld objections to the project, allowing applicant Redfaze Ltd., to go ahead with the their plans.

An Bord Pleanála also recently gave the go-ahead for a battery storage compound to serve a wind-farm at Muingnaminnane in the Stacks area northeast of Tralee.

On Wednesday night last, the defiant east Kerry residents held a meeting which was attended by over 150 concerned locals from the area, opposing plans for the 40 battery storage units, equipment and transformers in Ballynahulla - three kilometres from the village of Ballydesmond.

They will also start a fundraising campaign to help pay for High Court proceedings.

“Our next step is to raise funds to pay for the High Court proceedings,” spokesperson Anita O’Sullivan, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“One of the things that came out of this meeting is that all the community groups in Kerry who are fighting these developments should come together and be heard nationally. We will still have to fight our own corner locally, but if we all shout together then they will hear us,” she said.

“The last protest held was intentionally a silent protest to represent our voices being silenced, this time it will not be a silent protest.”

 

 

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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