Campaign over ownership of roofs for Kerry Count Centre to be taken to Killarney

The company which alleges it’s the legal owner of the roofing of the venue for this weekend’s election count is to continue its campaign. Gleasure Roofing of Tralee parked a billboard outside Áras an Chontae last week. Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan The sign alleges the company is the legal owner of the roofs erected on Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, which is a Kerry County Council property. The Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, then known as the Aura, opened eight years ago, a project of Killarney Town Council. The tender was given to contractors Frank McGrath Construction of Limerick, which hired Gleasure Roofing as a sub-contractor. Frank McGrath Construction went into liquidation in 2013 and Gleasure Roofing alleges it was never paid for its work by the contractors. With the abolition of town councils, Kerry County Council took over ownership of the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. The managing director of Gleasure Roofing, FJ Gleasure says while Kerry County Council does not owe his company money, he wants the local authority to sort out the issue. Mr Gleasure says he’s in negotiations with the council and met with its CEO, Moira Murrell, yesterday. The council says it’s aware of the billboard, which is now parked near Tralee’s Manor West Shopping Centre, and says the issue relates to a contractual dispute which the council is not directly involved in. Mr Gleasure says the billboard,which is on a fully licensed lorry, will be brought to Killarney on Friday and will be parked near the election count centre. He says he has proof to back up his claim that Gleasure Roofing are the legal owners of the roofs.