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Main dealers prepared for reopening of workshops tomorrow (Monday)

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BACK TO WORK: Danny O'Shea of Bowler's Garage was one of the top five Toyota technicians in Ireland last year. The Killarney garage is prepared to reopen.

The workshop element of main dealer garages in Killarney are preparing to reopen tomorrow (Monday) morning, but life will be very different for customers and mechanics.

Every garage will introduce stringent measures to protect staff and customers.

Bowler’s Garage, Killarney’s Toyota dealership, will open its workshop with a “wait and see policy” as they adapt to the new measures.

Workshop appointments will be strictly by a pre-booking arrangement only and the number of mechanics working at any one time will be greatly reduced.

“The booking policy will prevent any surprises and walk-ins and we will be operating with reduced staff," Brian Bowler told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have to wait and see what happens. We have no idea how busy we are going to be, some people are back to work, but not everyone will be using their cars so there is no point in having all the staff in. We want to fully open the workshop but it is a case of wait and see what the demand will be like.”

Local Nissan dealer Randles Bros operate on two different sites in the county, their showroom and car sales facility is on the Muckross Road and their workshops and repair facilities are in Tralee.

The Tralee workshop will open tomorrow morning after staff there fit an automated de-sanitation station at the premises.

“We will de-sanitise every car before handing it back to the customer," Dealer Principal David Randles told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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