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Plunkett St pedestrianisation still on the agenda

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By Sean Moriarty

The never ending debate on the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St continues as, once again, it was up for discussion at a Killarney Municipal District meeting.

The future of the street is one of the Council’s most divisive issues in recent years.

Since April 2018, following an extensive Council consultation, Plunkett St is closed to vehicular traffic from 7pm to 7am every day.

There have been several calls to reverse the decision – a motion put forward by Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan was defeated last September, but it seems the issue which has divided the Council for years, just will not go away.

At Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal Meeting, Cllr Donal Grady tabled a similar motion to O’Callaghan’s September motion.

Grady’s plan is further complicated by the current ‘Safe Streets’ initiative which is in place to encourage social distancing in the town centre as Killarney comes back to life after the national shutdown.

As a result of this plan, Plunkett St is closed to traffic 24 hours a day until September 2.

It was agreed at Wednesday’s meeting to defer Grady’s motion until the Council’s next meeting which will take place on either September 9 and 10 after Mayor Brendan Cronin proposed its postponement.

“The mayor’s proposal is sound. It is not just a simple matter of a vote,” Padraig Corkery, Kerry County Council’s Corporate Affairs Executive, told the meeting. “A public consultation would have to be undertaken again too. Cllr Grady will have to resubmit his motion in time for the September meeting.”

Regardless, the row rumbles on and it looks like it will do so for a very long time.

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Massive Park Road housing development given green light

A private developer has been given planning permission to build 249 new residential units at Upper Park Road. The development, which will be built on a recently cleared site near […]

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A private developer has been given planning permission to build 249 new residential units at Upper Park Road.

The development, which will be built on a recently cleared site near An Post’s sorting office, will include a variety of properties from five-bed houses to single apartments, along with a crèche and over 500 car spaces and over 300 bike spaces.

The development has been welcomed by local councillor Martin Grady.

“Killarney has a massive housing shortage so this is very positive. It will retain young families in the area, stimulating economic growth,” he said. “After 17 years of different planning applications it’s finally coming to fruition.”

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Ballydribeen residents living in fear due to anti-social behaviour

Residents in the Ballydribeen are living in fear as a result of increased anti-social behaviour in the estate. Several serious incidents in the estate have resulted in several Garda visits […]

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Residents in the Ballydribeen are living in fear as a result of increased anti-social behaviour in the estate.

Several serious incidents in the estate have resulted in several Garda visits in the last week.

Local councillor Martin Grady told the Killarney Advertiser that residents are “living in fear” as a result of very serious incidents in the last week alone.

One house in the estate was badly damaged when fire crackers were placed inside a letter box.

Another house had its windows smashed in over the weekend.

“It’s a major problem,” added Grady after meeting residents there earlier this week.

One of the most serious incidents occurred on Tuesday night.

A passing motorists had rocks thrown at his car while driving along the bypass whch is adjacent to the estate.
Taking to social media, local primary-school teacher Pádraig O’Sullivan posted:

“Travelling home tonight, at 11.05pm on the Killarney side of the bypass our car was hit by a rock – not a pebble – from the Ballydribben side , which hit the passenger door.

“It was centimetres away from hitting the window where my father, who is visually impaired, was sitting.

“This could have caused catastrophic permanent injury to him.

“The Killarney Garda were on the scene within three minutes.

“They can’t be patrolling the bypass all night.

“It comes down to parenting. You should know where your children are at this hour and be able to teach them what’s funny and what ruin a person’s life or cause a fatal crash.“

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