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Residents face €4k sewerage scheme connection fee

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By Sean Moriarty

Residents in Kilcummin have branded Wednesday evening’s public meeting on a proposed sewage scheme as “an election gimmick”.

Irish Water invited local residents to a public information meeting to outline a proposed sewage scheme that would link the parish to the Killarney town waste water network.

The €3 million project will involve the building of a new pump and additional infrastructure works. Work is expected to start this year and be completed by the end of 2020.

At Wednesday’s meeting in Kilcummin GAA Club, it emerged that it would cost €4,000 per house to connect to the new pipe network.

Residents say with local elections scheduled for May 24, that the unveiling of plans is just a vote-gathering exercise and that nothing will be done.

They say that essential road repairs in the parish are being put on the long-finger because the sewerage network would necessitate digging the road again.

“I think it is an election gimmick,” Knockattgle resident Pat O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).
“It has been on the long-finger for years but our roads are in an atrocious state. Regardless of the sewerage scheme, the roads are destroying our cars. How are people going to pay this €4,000 connection fee, most of the people here are only barely paying their mortgage and many houses here are only rented, so who is going to pay that?”

Another local resident, who asked not to be named, is in favour of the scheme, but she too warned that the road network in the area needs to be addressed first.

Additional costs would also have to be absorbed by the residents to bring the final portion of the network from the roadside connection to the house or outbuilding.

“This is very important. I know it is delaying housing and other buildings, and the roads have to be done,” she said. “The connection fee is part of the procedure, it is what is done in other places.”

“The Connection Charging Policy took effect on April 1 2019 with the average cost per-single domestic unit for a standard connection being €2,272 for water and €3,929 for wastewater,” Irish Water’s spokeswoman Marie Sheehan said.

Cllr Brendan Cronin, Pat O’Sullivan and Cllr John Joe Culloty at the public information evening hosted by Irish Water on Wednesday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Local resident George Lenihan with Joe Kennedy. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Cllr Niall Kelleher, Eileen Finucane, Patrick Looney and Seamus O’Connor, Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home, Kilcummin, at the public information evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Local residents Susan Healy, Willie Fleming and Pat O’Sullivan. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Local residents Annemarie Culloty, Willie Fleming and Susan Healy at the public information evening on Wednesday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Local resident Con Lynch, left, listens to Jim Kavanagh, Kerry County Council, at the public information evening hosted by Irish Water on Wednesday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Gareth O’Brien, Irish Water, Cllr Michael Gleeson, John Bourke (Ryan Hanley Consulting Engineers) and Cllr Brendan Cronin at the public information evening on Wednesday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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Replacement carrier could be in place by the end of July

By Michelle Crean   Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday). The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect.  The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming […]

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By Michelle Crean 
 

Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday).

The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect. 

The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming days, in accordance with applicable EU rules on air service Public Service Obligations (PSOs), and taking account of legal advice. It is anticipated that the emergency procurement process will be completed by early July, with a view to services being restarted by the new operator(s) as soon as possible thereafter. The contract will be subject to a maximum term of seven months and will operate in accordance with EU law.

PROCUREMENT PROCESS

In tandem, the Department will launch a procurement process for a maximum of four years for the continued provision of the services, which will apply after the temporary contract has expired. This will mitigate against any disruption to these services once the emergency contract expires.

The Department recognises the importance of restoring regional connectivity to these airports in advance of the reopening of international travel on July 19 and continues to engage closely with aviation stakeholders in this regard.

Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Norma Foley, has welcomed today’s Cabinet commitment to make the Kerry Dublin PSO route a priority.

“The restoration of our regional connectivity is of critical importance to the people of Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to me his intentions to seek an expedited tendering process which aims to have a replacement carrier in place by mid-end of July.

“I am confident Government will continue to engage as a priority with relevant stakeholders until a suitable resolution is reached for the benefit of Kerry and the south-west region.”

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Free career webinar for parents of Leaving Cert students

  A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices. Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm. This webinar will highlight and explain the […]

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A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm.

This webinar will highlight and explain the important things that parents need to know to help their son/daughter use the CAO Change of Mind facility correctly ahead of the final deadline on July 1 at 5.15pm and to explore the many career options open to them after Leaving Cert.

“This is a very stressful time for Leaving Cert students and parents, and the main focus right now is on getting through the exams after a challenging two years,” Niamh said. “The final deadline for CAO is approaching and it is essential that students have finalised their course choices – knowing what to do is critical, that’s where I can help!

“In this one hour webinar I am going to walk through the steps of how the CAO Change of Mind facility works, what happens at the CAO Offer stage, what students need to do to make sure that they have the best chance to secure a college place in autumn 2021, and the common mistakes to avoid when using the CAO Change of Mind. I will also highlight the many other options that are available outside of CAO.”
 

This training is for parents of Leaving Cert students who:

Are confused and want to learn about how the CAO system works.

Are worried that their son/daughter will make a mistake with filling up the CAO Change of Mind facility.

Want to reduce the stress their son/daughter is feeling right now and support them in making this very important career decision.

Are worried that their son/daughter may not get the course they want.

Want to know about career options outside of CAO.

To join the webinar go to: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316227987750/WN_t7NhIRaFSc-GU6ycjdAyRA

For further details or clarification contact Niamh Dwyer on 087 9801105 or info@mycareerplan.ie.

Check updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @mycareerplan1, or go to www.mycareerplan.ie.

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Darren completes epic run for Crumlin

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By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

A senior player and coach with Killarney Athletic has completed an epic challenge for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Darren O’Sullivan ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours over the long weekend to raise the funds.

He completed his final run from Port Road and made his way onto Countess Road and Rookery Road before finishing by Woodlawn Road. Darren started his run on Saturday at 4pm and completed his run on Monday at 4pm – and has raised a total of €953.

Darren said that he was raising money for the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin as it is close to his heart because he has seen them help so many children and their families.

Darren had been training for three weeks to be able to complete the run.

“Getting up in the morning and starting the run was the hardest part,” he said.

“I would like to thank Killarney Athletic for supporting me. Thank you to those who donated and I was also thinking of doing something similar next year, I’d love to do it again.”

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