Kerry County Council says that the only viable solution following the collapse of a road into the sea near Rossbeigh is to construct a brand new road.
Residents of the Cliff Road overlooking Rossbeigh beach have been unable to drive to their homes since part of the road fell into the sea in mid-September.
The council is to seek funding for the work which is expected to cost over €1 million.
The collapse of part of the Cliff Road – which has seventeen homes on the cul-de-sac beside Rossbeigh – means there is no vehicular access for residents.
Locals can only access their homes on foot but following further recent erosion at the original location, Kerry County Council fears that a pedestrian footbridge may be required for safety reasons.
The council engaged the services of engineering consultants Malachy Walsh and they have recommended building a new road.
This would involve cutting into the cliff face above the existing road using reinforced earth techniques, all at an estimated cost of €1.1 million.
Other options including a different point of access were ruled out on the basis of a low probability of success and very substantial costs.
In a circular to local councillors, Director of Services, Charlie O’Sullivan, said he will be liaising with the Department of Transport to secure funding for the works.