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‘A roadmap for achieving economic and community development’

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Mayor of Kerry Michael O'Shea, Moira Murrell, CEO, Kerry County Council, Cllr Jim Finucane, Cllr John Lucide, Cllr Norma Moriarty Chair LCDC, Mick Scannell Director of Services, all pictured at the Wetlands, Tralee, for the launch of the economic plan. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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THE first-ever economic and community plan for County Kerry has been published this week by Kerry County Council. The Kerry Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2016-2022 provides a strategic framework for achieving improved economic and community development in the county in the years ahead.

The plan is the culmination of 12 months of consultation and engagement with local, regional and national partners.

The plan – for which Kerry County Council is the lead partner – brought together a wide range of organisations and agencies working in the areas of economic and community development and has been adopted by the elected members of the council.

It builds on the national and regional policy framework, particularly the Regional Action Plan for Jobs, and will provide enhanced strategic planning, better targeting and co-ordination of resources with the objective of improving the quality of life for everyone living and working in Kerry.

Specific targets for economic and community development are included, those responsible for delivery of these goals are identified and delivery timeframes are set out.

Kerry’s mayor, Cllr Michael O’Shea, said the plan “represents a very comprehensive attempt to improve the attractiveness of our beautiful county as a place to work and live”. “It aims to enhance what we have to offer to companies, small businesses and individuals who want to come to work and live in our county. The Plan recognises the challenges the county faces as well as the opportunities that exist for growth in our local economy and in our communities,” he added.

The chief executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said the reforms in local government in recent years give local authorities new enhanced roles in economic and community development in their areas.

This plan provides the county with a roadmap for achieving improved economic and community development, she added.
“Working with bodies like the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to attract more employment and investment to Kerry, the County Council and other agencies will continue to strive for improvements in our employment and economic environment,” said Ms Murrell.
 


 
Mayor of Kerry Michael O'Shea, Moira Murrell, CEO, Kerry County Council, Cllr Jim Finucane, Cllr John Lucide, Cllr Norma Moriarty Chair LCDC, Mick Scannell Director of Services, all pictured at the Wetlands, Tralee, for the launch of the economic plan.
PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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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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