Calls for solution to ongoing flooding issue at Castleisland graveyard

Calls to find a solution to the ongoing flooding issue at a Castleisland graveyard have been reiterated.
Flooding has been a problem in Kilbannivane graveyard for more than thirty years.
Independent councillor Charlie Farrelly called for a permanent solution at the recent Castleisland Corca Dhuibhne Municipal meeting.
He said the issue is not good enough, adding it’s a daily cause of concern for people.
A detailed assessment was carried out by the Kerry County Council at Kilbannivane graveyard and three non-return valves were constructed on the drains earlier this year.
Such valves mitigate the risk of flooding but will not eliminate the risk, according to the council; Cllr Farrelly says this is not good enough.
The council adds that having these valves in place allows for surface flood waters contained within the graveyard to be pumped away after severe flooding.
The Independent Cllr says a local farmer has given permission to sink a storage tank on his land to allow flooding water to be pumped in, which he believes would alleviate the problem. Cllr Farrelly is calling on the council to examine this as a solution.
He says the issue is being highlighted to him and his fellow councillors every day.