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Councillor calls on Council to extend crossing time

Killarney locals have expressed their concerns saying one particular pedestrian crossing doesn’t allow them time to cross a busy road safely.
Locals have called on Cllr Michael Gleeson to ask the Council to remedy the High Street pedestrian crossing – saying they’re in danger trying to get across in time as the 'Greenperson' walk time is too short.
Pedestrians say the time allowed to cross the road from the High Street car park side to Park Place apartments car park isn’t sufficient – especially for the elderly and parents with young children.
Councillor Gleeson raised the issue at last week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting asking that it be addressed urgently.
“Some people are finding it difficult to cross at this junction and have relocated to the library crossing,” Cllr Gleeson told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“It doesn’t allow people to cross sufficiently. People say they feel in danger crossing due to the time constraint.”
However, when the pedestrian crossing was observed many times by the Killarney Advertiser just after noon on Thursday there seemed to be an inconsistency with the crossing time allowed.
Using a stop watch, and crossing beside a mother with young children, one walking beside her, the greenman lasted for just five seconds. Further consecutive timings resulted in just over 20 seconds, and finally, just before leaving the last timing was again just five seconds – meaning there could be a fault there.
Councillor Gleeson wants the crossing to be looked at urgently saying that this particular area of the town is set to get busier with a new road planned nearby.
“KCC are in negotiations with three owners with a view to acquiring the properties necessary to allow for development of a new road from Bohorreengowan to High Street.
“That will bring more traffic onto this junction, so it’s imperative that all pedestrian crossings be reviewed to ensure safety for all those trying to cross at all controlled pedestrian crossings at the top of High Street car park.”
In their reply, Kerry County Council said that the Council designed and built the junction and pedestrian crossing in accordance with Transport Infrastructure Ireland
(TII) standards.
‘The Council has again inspected and reviewed the crossing. When designed and built the crossing allowed for universal access across the junction. The Council is now proposing to trial a Pedestrian Countdown Timer in order to assist pedestrians across the junction’.

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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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