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Potential fire risk due to poor water supply – Council told

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District (KMD) and senior Kerry County Council (KCC) officials were told of a potential fire risk at Knockanes National School as a result of poor water pressure in the area.

A deputation of local residents, representing 90 households and over 20 farms in the Brewsterfield area of Headford, attended an online meeting of KMD on Wednesday.

The deputation, led by Cllr Niall Kelleher, who also lives in the area, raised concerns over the water pressure there.

Despite several different attempts, including a connection from the Barraduff mains, water pressure remains an issue, especially during the dry summer months and the recent heavy frosts.

Leonard Moran, a local resident who is also on the Board of Management of the local school, raised several concerns including hygiene issues and the lack of water pressure at a nearby fire hydrant.

“At busy times, after a break, the kids use the bathroom and the toilet stops working,” Mr Moran told the meeting. “In the event of a fire, have we sufficient water in the place?”

Cllr Grady moved to dispel fire fears, the former Killarney Fire Brigade officer promised to get his fire station colleagues to examine the hydrant.

“It will put people at ease, we will arrange that through Killarney Municipal District,” said O’Grady.

Kerry County Council said it would not be possible for Kerry County Council or Irish Water to include the area in a full water scheme upgrade.

Engineer Colm Mangan said when he crossed-referenced Irish Water’s criteria for a full upgrade the area did not meet the high priority requirements. This is despite the area being on a high priority list 12 years ago when €350,000 was allocated, but that was kicked down the road as a result of the recession some years later.

In the interim, Mr Mangan said he would install a new pump in an area known locally as Dohertys.

“We can put in the pump in the coming months,” he said.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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