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Irish Water to take responsibility for administration of Kerry business water accounts from council

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IRISH WATER will this week begin the process to take in charge the administration of almost 18,000 business customer accounts in Kerry. The change will see responsibility for account administration for existing business customers in Kerry move to Irish Water from Kerry County Council. Charges for business customers, credit terms and the frequency of billing will remain unchanged while this transition is taking place.

Business customers in Kerry will now have a single point of customer contact for all queries in relation to water supply, wastewater treatment and business account management. Irish Water will contact all 17,924 business customers and other affected groups directly, once the transition takes place. Bills will be issued from Irish Water directly, as they fall due, from December onwards.

Irish Water took over responsibility for providing public water services to business customers in January 2014. Before this, local authorities billed businesses for water services provided to them and they have continued to issue bills on behalf of Irish Water on an interim basis since then. A process is now beginning to transfer this billing process to Irish Water as part of the transition of water service delivery from Local Authorities to Irish Water.

In Kerry, Irish Water is currently working on a €30 million project to upgrade the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme. This will ensure a safe and secure supply of water to over 62,000 residents and remove them from the EPA’s remedial action list (RAL). It was also announced recently that a €4.5 million contract has been signed to upgrade the water treatment plant in Kenmare, which will enable the removal of 2,200 people from the RAL.

Irish Water began the process of billing transfer on a phased basis in mid-July and to date administration for 22 local authorities, including Cork city, Clare, Tipperary and Offaly have successfully been transferred to the utility. Prior to bills being issued, Irish Water will contact customers directly in each county to explain what is happening. Any customer with a query in relation to the process can contact Irish Water on 1850 778 778 or 01 707 2824.

Elected representatives seeking further information from Irish Water in relation to how the administrative change will affect business customers in their constituency should contact our dedicated elected representatives support desk.

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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She was going for a run

A Killarney priest in New York led vigils in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was senselessly murdered in Tullamore, last week. WORDS: Sean Moriarty Photos: Marie Carroll O’Sullivan Fr Brendan Fitzgerald, the pastor of St. Barnabas Church in The Bronx, led the vigil at the Ashling Irish Centre on McClean Avenue.“The gathering, more […]

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A Killarney priest in New York led vigils in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was senselessly murdered in Tullamore, last week.

WORDS: Sean Moriarty Photos: Marie Carroll O’Sullivan

Fr Brendan Fitzgerald, the pastor of St. Barnabas Church in The Bronx, led the vigil at the Ashling Irish Centre on McClean Avenue.
“The gathering, more than 3,100 miles away from the scene of the unimaginable crime, is a small example of the shockwaves that Murphy’s death has sent through the global Irish community,” said the New York-based Irish community on-line news agency IrishCentral.com.

Closer to home hundreds more gathered at Killarney Racecourse on Friday night to pray for the young woman and her family.
Cllr Marie Moloney, the Mayor of Killarney of Killarney led local tributes.

The Killarney vigil was organised by Vera O’Leary of the Kerry Rape Crisis Centre and Lily McMonagle who thanked the public for their support at such short notice.

MAYOR MOLONEY

“At the outset, I wish to convey my sincere and genuine sympathy to the family, friends, work colleagues and pupils of the late Ashling Murphy,” said the Mayor.

“I was with great shock and horror that I learned of the brutal and untimely death of Ashling.

“A young innocent woman who was simply going for a jog in broad daylight. I have attended a vigil and seen the many vigils from all over this country, attend by both women and men, which indicates the abhorrence that all feel about the brutal and cold murder of this young woman and indeed the level of fear that women, in particular, live with.”

Mayor Moloney warned of a greater societal issue where woman cannot feel safe if they are out walking alone – the fact the Miss Murphy was murdered in broad daylight adds to the widespread shock people are feeling.

“It is very easy for people to say that women should not go out on their own, but in real life this is not always possible. Women have to fit things in around their busy lives and it can necessitate walking to work or to catch a bus or train early in the morning or home in the evening, or going for a jog or run when time allows and it is not always feasible that they have someone to accompany them,” she added.
“No woman, nor indeed men, but predominantly women, should have to live in fear, not to have to keep looking over their shoulder every time they are out for a walk or run.”

CHANGE

She called on government action, and change by the courts. Sentencing needs to be strengthened with proper and lengthy confinement for assaults on women and for episodes of Domestic Violence.

“Violence against women must be stopped and I am calling on Government to commit to radical structural reform in the implementation of the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV), which is scheduled for publication later this year,” added Mayor Moloney.

“I am also calling for more funding for the Psychiatric services which may alleviate a lot of domestic and public violence.”

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