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Traffic, traffic and traffic –  the three main issues that face Killarney Municipal District

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Newly elected members of the Killarney Municipal District met for the first time since May’s election and if there is one topic, above all others. that going to dominate chamber business for the next five years it is going to be traffic and road safety.

Granted, the elected members have plenty of other things to keep them on their toes like social housing, litter and recycling and business rates but the town’s (and it its environs) traffic problems and road safety seems to be top of the pile, judging by motions discussed at Tuesday’s meeting.

 Bypass

Plans for the bypass road and provisional plans for the outer relief road were discussed at a special meeting of the council the previous week and reported in last week’s Killarney Advertiser.

However with that project high on the agenda there will be need for other road works in the area too.

“Now that the TII have confirmed that the constructing a new roundabout on the bypass will improve traffic safety, I propose the construction of a new roundabout at the Madam's Hill junction with the N22 for traffic safety,” said Councillor Brendan Cronin.

Rat Runs

Cronin also said there was a growing concern that drivers are using  the narrow lanes around O’Sullivan’s Place as a rat run to avoid traffic on Lewis Road at very busy times.

A recent traffic survey found that 3,700 cars went through this narrow residential roadway mainly as a shortcut.

Mill Road

Councillors expressed concerns that pedestrians entering and leaving the INEC complex at the Gleneagle Hotel and walking towards the adjacent car park are in danger of being hit by cars travelling on the Mill Road.

There is a perception, especially with visitors that the car park and the INEC are on the same grounds but are actually divided by the busy Mill Road.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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