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Local opposition to proposed asphalt plant

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By Sean Moriarty

Residents of the Clasheen and Minish areas are calling on the entire population of Killarney to join their objection to a new asphalt manufacturing plant that is set to be built in the area.

Last week (May 18) Kerry County Council granted planning permission to Roadstone to build the plant on the site of its old quarry near Minish.

The planning was granted despite several concerns raised by local residents.

Apart from noise and pollution concerns residents are also worried that the new plant will go against the Killarney Smoke Free Zone policy that came into effect on September 1 last year. The Clasheen Quarry is within the boundaries of the Killarney Smoke Free Zone.

Residents have two weeks to register their objections with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Under the terms of the planning process it is understood that Roadstone has also applied for an Air Emissions Licence to operate the asphalt plant.

“I can’t get my head around the fact that I can’t buy or burn smoky fuel and Roadstone can get an Air Emissions Licence,” resident David Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This will affect the whole Killarney area, the smoke from this plant will be seen for miles around. It will emit pollution and dirt particles into the air.”

Roadstone operate several similar asphalt manufacturing plants across the country. The company’s sites service local road repair and resurfacing works.

“Roadstone operates in line with all relevant environmental, health and safety and other regulatory and planning conditions. The plant at Clasheen will supply asphalt for use in road surfacing works in the local area,” a Roadstone spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

A Kerry County Council statement issued to the Killarney Advertiser said:

“The licence includes a series of conditions covering various aspects of the operation of the proposed plant, monitoring of emissions etc.

“The licence is broadly in keeping with the proposal as submitted with the application, however, there are some slight changes in certain areas. The application was subject to a detailed assessment, including air dispersion modelling, odour assessment etc. The submissions received were noted and considered as part of the application assessment process. The relevant legislation does not specify a lifespan for a licence of this type, therefore, the licence does not have a specified expiration date. However, there is scope for a future review of the licence in certain circumstances. Finally, it should be noted that any party may appeal the decision to grant the licence. The EPA is the designated appeals body in this instance.”

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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