Council hears of wheelchair-user sleeping rough on Banna on May Bank Holiday weekend

A wheelchair user was left sleeping rough on Banna Strand over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Banna Beach2 Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris spoke of the middle aged man’s plight at the monthly meeting of Tralee Municipal District yesterday, calling on the council to address the issue as a matter of urgency. Cllr Ferris spoke of the man’s plight subsequent to a motion raised by her party colleague Cllr Pa Daly, who called on the council to commit to purchasing single unit accommodation as a matter of urgency. Cllr Ferris said a friend of hers noticed the man sleeping rough and was seen “huddled” in the doorway of the boathouse at Banna over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Locals brought the man a flask of tea, food and some books and pitched a tent for him as weather conditions were poor. Cllr Ferris said the man had fallen on hard times and had nowhere to go. She contacted Kerry County Council the Tuesday after the bank holiday and Homelessness Officer Dan O’Leary was able to provide suitable, accessible accommodation for the man. Cllr Ferris said this was just one case and up to 2,000 people, mostly males, were on the waiting list for one and two bed units. In response, Kerry County Council said it is “acutely aware” of the high number of single units need in the Tralee Municipal District and are actively working to secure suitable units.