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New life-saving defibrillator at Killarney Innovation Centre

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A life-saving defibrillator has just been installed in the Killarney Innovation Centre to cater for the clients and visitors but also the wider community.

Fitted in a secure cabinet outside the front entrance to the centre it can be accessed 24 hours a day should it be needed.

“It was an easy decision to locate the unit externally on the building," Centre Manager, Conor O’Leary, said.

"The hope is that it will never be needed, but if it can make a difference in the centre or wider community that is a positive for everybody."

Killarney Innovation Centre is home to 16 different companies and caters for more transient clients with hot desking and meeting space. Conor has said with those numbers present in the centre a defibrillator purchase was an easy decision.

“AEDs dramatically increase the chance of a person surviving in the event of suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time and is one of Ireland's biggest killers."

Some clients in the centre have recently completed a Community Heart Savers programme and it is planned to hold further courses in the centre in the New Year, he added.

In the near future the intention is to link with the Michael Linehan Heartsafe Group, of which Conor is an active trainer, and have the unit listed on the defibrillator map.

Conor wants to acknowledge the assistance given by the Department of Rural and Community Development in assisting in the purchase of the unit.

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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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