13 European Hornbeam trees were removed by Kerry County Council from The Mall, Tralee early this morning.
Their removal forms part of the wider rejuvenation of the Mall and the multi-million euro Tralee Active Travel Scheme town centre works.
The trees were planted in the early 1990s and according to Kerry County Council had the effect of darkening and covering in the Mall.
Engineer Eamon Scanlan said they tried to preserve the trees but were advised they wouldn’t survive:
The move to remove the trees however has attracted criticism with some members of the public querying why the trees weren’t uprooted and replanted elsewhere.
Local businessman Der O’Sullivan said local people are angry and weren’t consulted: