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SAFETY CONCERN: A deputation representing Fossa National School met with the Council in Killarney on Wednesday morning calling for the installation of a pedestrian crossing outside the school. Pictured l-r were: Catherine McCarthy (Chair of the Parent's Association), Pat Clifford (Principal), Declan Lynch, Cllr Maura Healy-Rae and Tim Clifford. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

“It’s absolute mayhem” – says Principal

By Michelle Crean

Safety concerns for almost 300 pupils and staff at one Killarney school continue to linger on as they once again called on the Council to urgently make their school safer.

A deputation representing Fossa National School, which included Principal Pat Clifford, concerned parent Declan Lynch who has four children attending the school, and Catherine McCarthy Chair of the Parent's Association, as well as local man Tim Clifford, were brought to the Killarney Municipal Meeting in the Town Hall by Cllr Maura Healy-Rae, on Wednesday morning.

They said that children and their parents are regularly taking their lives in their hands at drop off and pick up times as they negotiate crossing the busy N72 Killarney to Killorglin road to get to Fossa National School.

They called for the immediate installation a controlled pedestrian crossing with raised footpaths from the school to the Prince of Peace Church, as parish priest Canon Tom Looney has given his blessing for the 56 car parking spaces in the church grounds to be used.

They also asked for the crossing to be manned by a school traffic warden during school drop off and pick up times.

“I see practically every day near misses,” Principal Pat Clifford told the meeting.

“I think it’s an absolute injustice to every parent. Over 100 parents are coming at the same time – it’s absolute mayhem.”

Cllr Healy-Rae said that she has raised this very serious issue on a number of occasions.

“It’s an ongoing saga unfortunately,” she told the meeting. “It’s posing a very serious safety risk. There’s thousands and thousands of cars passing every day. It’s putting children’s lives at risk.”

Killarney Municipal District Engineer John Ahern said that the Council will work with them to come up with a solution.

He welcomed the fact that the school brought their own consultants on board to look at the structures inside and outside the school.

“We all have to work together to improve the situation,” he said.

However, Mr Lynch became seemingly frustrated with the debate saying he has spoken to a number of Council engineers and an official from Transport Infrastructure Ireland(TII) - but nothing has been done since.

“We’re getting nowhere,” he said.

“I’ve taken time off work to come in here and listen to this rubbish. My four children will have left Fossa by the time anything is done. I’m am quite angry, it’s just not acceptable.”

He said a simple solution is to go up to Mackey Shea’s and buy 100 traffic cones which could be used the following morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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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