Kerry County Council’s been asked to make permanent all temporary staff, particularly those working on roads. The call was made by Independent councillor, Johnny Healy-Rae, who said, in the Kenmare area alone, 14 who had left due to retirement, death or other reasons, had never been replaced. Chief executive Moira Murrell said the local authority was in a position to take on a small number of staff, particularly at ‘pressure points’ across the county. She said that while she agreed more staff were needed, there would have to be a significant increase in the national allocation for roads before she could commit to this. Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae claims some staff working on roads have been in temporary positions for up to 15 years.