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Residents anger at proposed 228-unit development




By Sean Moriarty

Residents of the Millwood Estate and Port Road areas are up in arms over a proposed 228-unit housing development that is being mooted for the area.

HIGH RISE: The proposed development will overlook existing homes and the National Park

Portal Asset Holdings Ltd has lodged planning permission with Kerry County Council for the construction of a development of 76 houses, 56 duplexes and 96 apartments on a green field site to the rear of the District Hospital on St Margaret’s Road and to the rear of the traditional cottages on Port Road.

It is proposed to build an access road off the Port Road too.

The proposed development includes upgrade works to Port Road, a pedestrian connection to Millwood Estate, and improvements to the stormwater network on St Margaret’s Road as part of enabling infrastructure for the project.

Residents believe that a project of this size is not suitable for many reasons.

They say that the development is oversized and out of character with the area, that the proposed pedestrian access to Millwood Estate would create a security risk for existing residents, that the already congested Port Road will face further congestion from new traffic, and a number of single-storey dwellings in Millwood will be faced with large two storey dwellings overlooking them, leading to a loss of privacy.

Residents have also raised concerns about the environmental impact the development will have, given its proximity to the National Park and that the greenfield site is home to several wildlife habitats including several badger lairs.

A total of 35 concerned residents and several local councillors attended a public meeting, at Dr Crokes GAA clubhouse, on Sunday night.

“We have outlined a few concerns that have been raised by residents to date – we believe at least some of these points affect everybody in Millwood and the surrounding area," group spokesperson and Millwood resident, Irene Hartigan, said.

"Also, we need to consider the ecology of the area as other countries would be shielding green space next to national parks to protect the overflow of flora and fauna. We are all well aware of need for affordable housing, however this proposed development is not in keeping with the surrounding area."

The group is in the process of lodging their concerns with an An Bord Pleanala and have launched a GoodFundMe campaign to help offset some of the costs they face. Engaging a specialist solicitor will cosy as a much as €3000.

“When we are faced with a developer with seemingly bottomless pockets, hiring the best of the best to lodge this massive proposal, we feel that it is in our best interests to engage a similar top end professional to put forward our case in a language that is beyond the expertise and weight of influence of most of us. Furthermore, this needs to be done sooner rather than later,” added Irene.

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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September



This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]




The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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