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Meet Kerry’s new mayor, Councillor John Sheahan

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A FINE GAEL councillor in the Killarney Municipal District, John Sheahan, has been elected Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council at the annual meeting of the County Council today.

Cllr Sheahan, who has been a member of the council since 2007, was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Cathaoirleach for the next twelve months. Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen (FG) has been elected as Leas-Cathaoirleach.

Speaking following his election, Cllr Sheahan, who succeeds Cllr Michael O'Shea (FF), said he was honoured to take up the role: “To become Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council is indeed a great privilege. It is one which I am humbled to take on. I am very conscious that this is a role which relatively few people have occupied since Kerry County Council was established in 1899 so it is a position which I come to with great humility and respect for the role.”

Addressing his colleagues at County Buildings, the Cathaoirleach paid tribute to his predecessor, Cllr Michael O’Shea, and said: “I hope I will serve as a fair and effective Cathaoirleach for the twelve months ahead and I am sure that, with your support, we can achieve a lot in the coming period.”

The four Municipal Districts in the county also held their annual meetings today and the following were elected as Cathaoirligh/Leas-Cathaoirligh in their respective areas:

Mayor of Tralee - Cllr Norma Foley (FF) / Deputy Mayor – Cllr Graham Spring (Lab)

Cathaoirleach of South and West Kerry Municipal District - Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald (FG)/Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Norma Moriarty (FF)
Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District - Cllr Niall Kelleher (FF)/Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr John Joe Culloty (FF)
Cathaoirleach of Listowel Municipal District - Cllr John Lucid (FF)/Leas Cathaoirleach – Cllr Jimmy Moloney (FF)
 


 
Above: The Mayor of Kerry, Councillor John Sheahan.

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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