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‘Positive’ reaction to Killarney Bypass petitions

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A POSITIVE reaction has greeted petitions highlighting the perils of accident blackspot the Killarney Bypass, the Killarney Advertiser has learned. The Mayor of Killarney Municipal District Councillor Niall Kelleher and Killarney woman Suzanne Mannix Dennehy delivered petitions on the matter to the Department of Transport and to Transport Infrastructure Ireland today.

Suzanne’s sister Annette tragically lost her life in an accident on the Killarney bypass in May. During her funeral a petition organised by Annette’s family garnered huge support.

During their visit to the Department of Transport, Mayor Kelleher and Ms Dennehy discussed their concerns with Carol Hunt, the special advisor to the Minister for Transport Shane Ross. “The meeting was very positive, she listened as we explained how this is quite simply Ireland’s biggest accident blackspot,” Mayor Kelleher told Killarney Advertiser.

“She gave a commitment to bringing the matter to the Minister. Whatever happens, we want to maintain people power and keep campaigning. If we hear nothing this side of Christmas we will ratchet it up in January.”

Between them, the pair presented over 5,000 signatures to the Department of Transport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. "I am deeply concerned that more lives will be lost at that junction and the next one could be that of a child, considering how many clubs have facilities there," said Ms Dennehy. "The time for action is now."

 


 
Above: Collecting signatures on the petitions were front, Linda Gordon, Siofra Dennehy and Cllr John Joe Culloty. Back from left are Jim Doherty, John Lyne and his dog 'Fletch', Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher, Pa McGillycuddy and Suzanne Dennehy. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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