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CRIME PREVENTION: At the launch of the Killarney 'SEE Something SAY Something' text service in Killarney were: Eileen O’Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District Officer) and Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster with Cllr Niall Kelleher (Chairperson, Joint Policing Committee), Superintendent Flor Murphy, Frank Doran (Chairman Purple Flag Committee), Paul Sherry (President Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce), Cllr John Sheahan (Cathaoirleach, Killarney Municipal District) and Brian Stephenson, (Text Service Creator). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

By Michelle Crean

 

The streets of Killarney are set to be much safer thanks to the launch of a new crime reporting text service.

This week, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and An Garda Siochana, jointly launched the ‘SEE Something SAY Something’ initiative – where the public can report crime or anti-social behavior anonymously with their phone.

Members of the public can simply text KILLARNEY and a brief account of the incident and the location to 50555 which will be received by the sergeant on duty and acted upon immediately.

The service was developed by entrepreneur Brian Stephenson and has been very successful in Tralee.

The new service will complement the Purple Flag initiative aimed at maintaining Killarney’s standing as one of the safest and most attractive towns in the country at night.

SEE Something SAY Somethinghas worked very successfully in Tralee and we are delighted to be able to introduce it to Killarney,” Superintendent Flor Murphy, said. “It’s all about public safety and making our town and its surrounds better and safer for residents and visitors. It doesn’t take away the traditional methods of fighting crime, but it will enable us to work more quickly and more smartly if anti-social behaviour or criminality is reported by text message.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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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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