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Kilcummin road repairs finally get the go-ahead

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By Sean Moriarty

Over half a million Euro has been allocated to road improvement and associated works in the Kilcummin area as part of the county’s Road Works Programme for 2020.

The funding was confirmed at a special meeting of Killarney Municipal District elected councillors and officials last Friday.
It is a victory of sorts for the residents of the area who have been campaigning for years to have road improvements done in their area.

Until March this year the County Council was holding off on carrying out road works in the area as it was waiting on Irish Water (IW) to compete a much-awaited sewage scheme in the area and officials were concerned that any new resurfacing works would be damaged during the pipe laying works.

The issue divided opinions in the Council chamber, some councillors were calling on the road works to be carried out for safety reasons but others wanted to hold off and wait until the sewage scheme was completed to avoid any unnecessary damage and subsequent repair bill to new road surfaces as “doing a road to dig it up again is not the way to do business”.

In March this year, Irish Water dropped a bombshell and announced it had decided to delay plans for the €2.3m sewerage scheme until 2022.

IW’s announcement sparked outrage at the March Council meeting and at the time the Chamber was unanimous in its decision to now press on with the works and counter-charge the water agency for any damage it will cause to the new road network.

On Friday, that threat took a step closer to reality after the Council approved large-scale spending in the area.
Local councillor Marie Moloney was one of those who wanted to hold off on repairing the roads until the sewage scheme was completed.

“We are adamant that Irish Water will have to reinstate the roads to the standard they got them in and Kerry County Council have said they will put that stipulation in any contract,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “The funding is welcomed. The roads are in a dangerous condition and it is not safe for walkers and people are complaining about damage to cars.”

The Coolcorcoran road will get €210,000 while Kilcummin village itself has been allocated €189,726 including €80,000 for footpaths and a pedestrian crossing in the village.

Additionally, the Lawlor’s Cross to Finnegan’s Cross stretch has been allocated €171,500 for repairs and upgrades.

This allocation of funding does not include works at Finnegan’s Cross, the scene of a number of fatal accidents including an elderly husband and wife in January this year. Funding for this junction has been applied under a separate application, however damaged fencing at this location will be repaired in the current funding.

Money has also been released for the road from Coolick to Rossanean and €3,800 for drainage works at Knockinane East.

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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Bus to Belfast to stay on the road

A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]

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A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.

The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.

“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”

The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.

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