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Minister opens new €3.8m 20-unit social housing development in Rathmore

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It was a busy itinerary for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Mr Darragh O’Brien TD today (Monday) as he visited numerous projects and developments in Killarney, Farranfore, Barraduff, Rathmore and Tralee.

ROCK ROAD VISIT: Minister for Housing Local Government and Heritage Mr Darragh O’Brien TD visited the Kerry County Council Housing Scheme at Rock Road Killarney on Monday going through the details with the Minister was Coroilín Liston and Adam Stack Housing Department Kerry County Council. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

DETAILS: Minister for Housing Local Government and Heritage Mr Darragh O’Brien TD visited the Kerry County Council Housing Scheme at Rock Road Killarney on Monday going through the details with the Minister was Coroilín Liston and Adam Stack Housing Department Kerry County Council Chief Executive Kerry County Council Moira Murrell Director of Services Martin O'Donoghue and Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council Cllr. Jimmy Moloney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

CHATTING: Minister for Housing Local Government and Heritage Mr Darragh O’Brien TD chatting with Tracey Brosnan as he visited the Co-operative Housing Ireland development in Barraduff on Monday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Chief among the events on the agenda was the official opening by Minister O’Brien and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD of the new €3.8m 20-unit social housing development in Rathmore, Láthair na Mánach and the official opening of An Carrigín, a 28-unit social housing development in Tralee which involved an investment of €5m.

Minister O’Brien also toured the Island of Geese site in Tralee as well as the Áras Phádraig site in Killarney which are currently being developed by Kerry County Council.

“I was delighted to visit County Kerry and to see first-hand the number of housing projects which are currently in development," speaking during his visit, Minister O’Brien, said.

"Having just launched ‘Housing for All’, the Government’s new housing plan for Ireland, it’s particularly exciting to see a wide range of projects which will provide much needed homes for people. It was also important for me to visit Farranfore and to reaffirm Government’s commitment to the investment in water services infrastructure in Kerry. There are numerous water and wastewater projects at various stages of development all across Kerry which I know people are dependent on.

The funding provided by my Department under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) is helping to further enhance the offering of both Killarney and Tralee, two fantastic towns with a huge tourism offering. All in all it was a great trip to the ‘Kingdom’ and I am looking forward to coming back to see even more progress on the projects currently in train.”

In addition to the opening of these estates, Minister O’Brien also paid a visit to a number of housing developments which are currently under construction in Rock Road, Killarney and Lohercannon, Tralee, as well as visiting the Co-operative Housing Ireland development in Barraduff and the Clúid development in Armagh House, Killarney, which contains accommodation for people in urgent housing need.

The Minister’s schedule also consisted of presentations on and visits to the sites of the Killarney and Tralee Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) Projects, both of which were included in URDF funding announcements by Minister O’Brien in March.

That March funding announcement of €16.06m for the Destination Killarney Project allows for public realm improvements and a traffic management strategy to expand and diversify the town’s core and link it more closely to the National Park, while also regenerating the Áras Phádraig site.

The funding announcement of €15.93m for Tralee allows for the completion of the Town Centre Public Realm, further develop the Island of Geese site and support major areas of intervention for Tralee in relation to its economic growth.

Kerry County Council Chief Executive Moira Murrell and Council officials briefed the Minister on the scope and progress of both URDF projects, and their potential impact to Tralee and Killarney.

In welcoming the Minister to the county, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney pointed to the significant housing construction programme being undertaken by the local authority.
“With the announcement by the Minister on Thursday of the Government’s new 'Housing for All' programme, we are confident that the work that Kerry County Council is carrying out in relation to the provision of social housing will continue to grow. I am also delighted that Minister O’Brien was able to see the progress of the significant URDF projects in Tralee and Killarney and their potential impact and that these will continue to be supported.”

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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