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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.
[caption id="attachment_25445" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] 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[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25444" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Local resident George Lenihan with Joe Kennedy. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25443" align="aligncenter" width="3100"] 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[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25442" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Local residents Susan Healy, Willie Fleming and Pat O'Sullivan. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25441" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Local residents Annemarie Culloty, Willie Fleming and Susan Healy at the public information evening on Wednesday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25440" align="aligncenter" width="2948"] 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[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25439" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] 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[/caption]

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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