Councillors differ on how Kerry should be divided ahead of election

Councillors have differed on how Kerry may look coming into the next election.

A submission is to be made by Kerry County Council to the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee, which is reviewing boundaries, including a number of themes and options preferred by councillors.

Director of Corporate Affairs and Housing with Kerry County Council Martin O’Donoghue presented nine different maps of possible arrangements of Municipal Districts, including the current division of four, to councillors.

Cllr Toireasa Ferris appealed to her fellow councillors to look at the bigger picture rather than being parochial saying that currently some communities feel disenfranchised.

Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said he was allergic to people complaining about the size of the South and West Municipal District, which covers from Kilgarvan to Caherciveen to Dunquin, as he feels the people and places naturally fit together.

Cllr Bobby O’Connell said it is mind boggling that Castleisland and its hinterland would not be kept together; the town, which he says is like a nomadic tribe, has been linked to Dingle, Tralee and now is in the Killarney Municipal District.

Several councillors hit out at the abolition of town councils which Cllr Michael Gleeson described as economic drivers and Cllr Pa Daly claimed it has led to people being on the housing list for an extra year in the Tralee area.

Cllr Donal Grady said he favoured Local Electoral Areas being established in Killarney and Tralee.