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The council in Kerry are being asked to look at the whole street furniture thing in the context of the town’s bylaws on drinking.

On the one hand drinking in public is outlawed, but on the other hand street furniture allows people to sit outside bars and the practice of drinking outside bars where there are seats has emerged and it is not being universally welcomed.

The issue was raised at meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in Killorglin where the council is being urged to consider   Galway type hoardings to screen off early morning and day time drinking.

Drinking on the street in Killarney is outlawed under the former town council bylaws, a meeting of the county’s JPC heard.

Gardai adopted a “sensible approach” and turned a blind eye to it on special occasions, like the Munster Finals to help bars cope with crowds

Michael Culloty, accountant, is the former chairman of Killarney’s successful Purple  flag bid which awards well-managed and safe urban environments. He told how “on-street drinking” had become an issue in Killarney and asked if the town’s bylaws allowed this.

He had received a photograph of a person sitting on the street drinking at 12 minutes past 12 in the middle of the day and families were concerned about the day time drinking even during the winter.

“Perhaps hoarding should be considered,” Mr Culloty suggested.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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