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Kilcummin locals fear new road will be ripped up again

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WARNING: Irish Water have been warned to restore the road to an 'as new' condition when it eventually tackles the long-awaited Kilcummin Sewage Scheme.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Locals in Kilcummin fear that their new and long-awaited road will be ripped up again when Irish Water complete the much-awaited Kilcummin Sewage Scheme.

Earlier this year Irish Water reneged on a long-term promise to deliver the scheme and announced that it’s to delay plans for the €2.3m sewerage scheme until at least 2022.

Residents are waiting the best part of 20 years for the scheme and Irish Water had previously committed to starting the project in January of this year.

The reversal of this decision, which was relayed to the elected members of Killarney Municipal District in March, caused widespread anger.

Previously, the issue divided the members, some wanted to press ahead with a badly needed €360,000 road repair project but others were calling for the road works to be delayed to allow Irish Water complete the scheme and avoid further restoration costs.

The March bombshell united the chamber and they voted, unanimously, to press ahead with the roadworks and cross charge Irish Water for the subsequent repairs once the water body completed its programme of works.

However, with the road works completed this week, which has been welcomed by residents and businesses in the area, they remain concerned that the new road will be ripped up again when the sewage scheme goes ahead in two years’ time – assuming Irish Water does not change its plans again.

Local Labour councillor Marie Moloney is calling for Kerry County Council’s executive to ensure Irish Water leave the new road exactly how they found it. It is likely that the restoration works will add to the cost of the already much-delayed scheme.

“I have sought assurances from the [Kerry County Council’s] director of services that the road will be left as Irish Water get it,” Cllr Moloney told the Killarney Advertiser. “We won’t be accepting patchwork.”

As well as road surfacing and drainage works along the Coolcorcoran to Inchicullane stretch, additional works were completed at a concealed junction along the way. Each of the elected members of the Killarney Municipal District contributed to this work from their personal allocation.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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