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Traffic chaos continues at O’Sullivan’s Place

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By Michelle Crean

A new one-way traffic system at O'Sullivan's Place - designed to make the area safer - continues to be completely ignored by motorists - according to local residents.

CRASH: A car that crashed in to a pole at the 'No Entry' turn to O'Sullivan's Place on Sunday.

As reported in last week's Killarney Advertiser, residents from O'Sullivan's Place highlighted their fears that someone will be "killed" and pleaded with motorists not to use the road as a shortcut.

The road is now a one way system with a narrowed roadway and new 'No Entry' signage from St Anne's Road have been erected. However, just days after publicly highlighting their fears, a car crashed in to the pole on a footpath last Sunday.

John Keogh, who was born and reared in O'Sullivan's Place, told the Killarney Advertiser this week that even with the new changes drivers are still paying no heed to the new rules.

Since the new system was implemented, a resident counted 160 cars coming through the road per hour - and it is still as busy with motorists using it as a "rat run", he explained.

"Once it gets backed up any bit at all people go through it as a short cut," he said. "There has to be recourse. It's going on 40 years, it's become a rat run.The Rules of the Road state you can't drive down O'Sullivan's Place and High St - why would you do one and not the other? What about if there was a family there? Where do we go from here, do we wait until someone is hit?"

He is calling for extra policing especially during the worst pressure times from Friday to Sunday.
He added that residents have asked the Council for extra signage. "They said it's coming. The Council were top class. Botty and Maura Healy-Rae have fought our corner from the start."

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Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at Wednesday's council meeting asking "when will the works at O’Sullivan’s Place be carried out to address traffic concerns there. Residents have been waiting for quite some time".

In their reply Kerry County Council said that it has completed the majority of the civil works at this location.
However, she added that “There are ongoing concerns" there.

"A resident told me the other day 16 cars passed through the estate, the wrong way, in 15 minutes".
Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan said that "It is still being used as a rat-run".

"That car hit the pole by trying to go against the one-way system. It is at a point where the Gardai will have to put an officer there.”

Cllr Brendan Cronin said that “During the planning stages, we said enforcement will be a problem there. It is happening day and night."

John Ahern, Senior Engineer with the Council explained that “it is clearly signed".
"Everything is in place, I have asked the Gardai to actively enforce it. [Drivers could] get three to five points on their licence if caught. It is a complete disregard for public traffic [regulations]. The full rigors of the law should be acted upon them.”

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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Bus to Belfast to stay on the road

A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]

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A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.

The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.

“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”

The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.

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