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Residents again calling for New Road traffic solution




By Sean Moriarty

Residents of Monastery Gardens have told the Killarney Advertiser that they feel “intimated” and have been “verbally abused” by motorists in the New Road area during the school runs.

One resident, Ruth Moram, has made a formal complaint to Gardai and school principals after she says she was verbally abused by a parent collecting children from school.

The New Road area has become a traffic blackspot with several complaints in recent years over people parking cars on footpaths, double parking and other problems.

Several solutions have been put forward, including the deployment of a traffic warden in the area to monitor inconsiderate parking.

The problems are even worse for local residents who have to endure gridlock every morning and evening at school drop off and collection times.

Ms Moram said that she's so sick of it that she has filed a complaint with Gardai and the schools that serve the street.

“Today [Wednesday], while trying to reach home at lunchtime, I was abused by an irate parent who got angry about the traffic," she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Residents of New Road put up with being blocked at, or out of, home several times a day. I attempt to avoid school times but forgot that, on Wednesdays, schoolchildren leave at lunchtime. However, being verbally abused for trying to get home is unacceptable,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Residents also put up with both noise and air pollution, especially since parents often leave their engines running. Some will turn their engines off if asked, others are abusive.”

Her neighbour, who did not wish to be named as she lives alone, says she too feels intimidated.

Both ladies stressed that they understood parents' needs to collect and drop-off children at school times.


They are calling on Gardai, school principals and Killarney Municipal District to find a solution.

“We need a solution that works for everyone, the schools, parents and the residents,” added Ruth.

Meanwhile, following Ms Moram's letter to Killarney Gardai, she has been informed that various stakeholders will meet to discuss some proposals. Gardai are concerned that emergency vehicles will not be able to access the street at peak times.


One of the problems associated with traffic on New Road is that the timing of the one-way street regulation does not coincide with school times.

The issue was highlighted by Cllr Donal Grady at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“At present there is confusion as children come out of school at 2.20pm whilst signs advise of roads closing at 2.45pm,” he told the meeting.

Previously, both prior and during the pandemic, Kerry County Council have held a series of meetings with An Garda Siochána and the school principals in order to improve traffic flow.

“In order to revise the times of the one-way system along New Road, Kerry County Council will have to go through a formal Section 38 [public consultation and/or planning permission] process,” said a Council official.

“A survey of the road has been undertaken and designs and short-term measures such as an increase in set-down areas and school bus set-downs have been developed and can be implemented subject to further consultation with the school principals and the [elected] members. As part of this further consultation, the matter of implementing the one-way system will be addressed.”

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The quarterly report found the market had held up […]




By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]




A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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