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NEW IHF CHAIR: Bernadette Randles from The Dromhall Hotel, Killarney accepts the Chair of Office from Niamh O'Shea (outgoing), after she was elected Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation. Photo: Don MacMonagle

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Bernadette Randles of Randles Hotels has this week been appointed Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF).
Other appointments at this week’s branch AGM include Emer Corridan of Cahernane House who has been appointed Vice-Chairperson, Niamh O’Shea Treasurer, and Padraig McGillicuddy of Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa, Tralee will assume the position of PRO.
It is a very proud moment for Bernadette Randles given her family’s connection to the hospitality industry in Kerry. The Randles family operate the Dromhall Hotel and the Randles Court Hotel on the Muckross Road.
With Brexit looming and the higher rate of VAT imposed on the sector since last year’s budget, she accepts she has rocky waters to navigate.
“I am delighted,” she said.
“Our family have been engrained in tourism for a long time and it’s an honour for me to take on the role,” she said. “There are always challenges and triumphs. The industry has been riding the crest of a wave for the past few years but there are stormy seas ahead and we need to navigate them. We need to be heard at national level on key issues and we have always been a strong voice in Dublin and we will continue lobby issues in our industry. A key priority is to ensure our industry remains at the heart of Government policy particularly in relation to investment in marketing and product development, attracting more visitors to the region in off peak and tackling the high cost of doing business in Ireland.”

While Brexit is a major concern for every industry in Ireland, there are many more issues directly connected to the hotel industry she hopes to address.

“The obvious issues are Brexit, economic uncertainty and a slowdown in European growth. We also face a recruitment challenge and we are going to work closely with IT Tralee and the schools to encourage children to pursue careers in hospitality. There are enormous career opportunities available in our industry and this something we are keen to get across to young people in particular considering their career options.”

She added that if she could be Taoiseach for a day she would bring the VAT rate back to nine percent.

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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