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Killarney Gardai will monitor traffic and illegal parking in areas close to schools from Monday morning.

Killarney is bracing itself for traffic chaos as schools across the town return for the first time since March 12.

In normal circumstances, the morning and evening school runs are already a headache for motorists in the town centre area, particularly on New Road which feeds three secondary and two primary schools.

The traffic is set to be much worse next week, buses carrying secondary school pupils have been reduced to 50 percent capacity due to social distancing measures. That alone will result in double the amount of busses on New Road every day.

Concerned parents may not be comfortable with their children using public bus services and could chose to directly drop their children to school every morning and collect them again that evening adding to the problem.

St Brendan’s College was due to welcome its First Year students on Friday, while St Brigid’s will take in its newcomers on Monday.

By Friday next week both secondary schools will be operating at full capacity.

Both the Mon and The Mercy primary schools welcomed their new wave of Junior pupils this week with the remaining classes set to return on Monday.

“We are aware of potential [traffic] issues and will monitor the situation on a daily basis,” a Garda spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We will work closely with other agencies like the council and the schools themselves. It is fluid and the situation is likely to change every day.”

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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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