Concerns raised about standards of two Kerry halting sites

A pair of Kerry County Councillors have raised concerns about the condition of two different halting sites. The matter was raised at the Killarney Municipal District meeting. Cllr Michael GleesonKerry County Council is carrying out a review of fire safety at Kerry’s halting sites. Cllr Michael Gleeson said following the Carrickmines fire tragedy, where there was a huge loss of life, we are all acutely aware of the condition of halting sites. He said the long established halting site in Gortroe is no longer suitable for families to grow and dampness is an issue. Cllr Gleeson called for changes to the overall layout of the site including placing three bungalows with adequate spacing. Kerry County Council said there is no current plan for such bungalows but it is examining the possibility of replacing the five units with more modern demountable units; this is subject to funding being secured. Meanwhile, Cllr Brendan Cronin again called for the permanent closure of the site at Brennan’s Glen which he claimed is unsuitable and unsafe for inhabitants. Brendan Cronin 1 The local authority said this site is needed for emergency housing needs as they arise and if the site was closed there would need to be an alternative site found. A full assessment of the site is to be undertaken.