Calls for permanent beach officer following instances of defecation, anti-social behaviour and intimidation at Kerry beach

Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Cahill. Photo by Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD

A permanent beach officer is needed to patrol beaches following instances of defecation, anti-social behaviour and intimidation at a Kerry beach.

Councillor Michael Cahill told Kerry County Council a group of people defecated in a children’s playground near Rossbeigh beach during the summer, and he is calling for action.

Councillor Cahill put forward a motion at the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council calling for a permanent beach officer to be appointed.


He says the officer would oversee a range of issues from beach bye-laws to access, parking, erosion, illegal camping and anti-social behaviour.

The aim is to improve beaches which he says play a significant role in the tourism industry.

His calls follow on from incidents in Rossbeigh which saw a group of people defecate and urinate in the playground.

Mr Cahill says the same group were also intimidating people in the area.

In response to his motion, KCC says reviews are carried out at the end of each season by the Beach Management Steering Committee to address such issues.

They said the limited number of issues during the 2018 season will be considered in the review.

KCC also says substantial resources are committed each year to ensure beaches are maintained to the highest standards.