East Kerry community in a “forgotten park of Kerry”

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It’s claimed an East Kerry community has been forgotten.

Killarney Municipal District received a deputation from residents of Knocknabowl, who claim there’s an “air of neglect” in the community, which is on the Kerry-Cork border.

Speaking on behalf of the deputation, Nick Coveney says ripped black bags and nappies are regularly strewn along the R577 Cordal-Rathmore Road, and recent works on turbine farms have left the road surface in a poor condition.

He also claims all the signs warning against dumping are in Irish, despite the area not being in a Gaeltacht region.

Councillor Bobby O’Connell, who brought the deputation, says it’s unacceptable such an historic area has been allowed to deteriorate, and he joined calls for covert cameras to be put in place to tackle illegal dumping.

The Fine Gael councillor says action undertaken in the area could be a catalyst for change in the rest of the county.

In response, Kerry County Council says it will work with residents to repair signage issues and, if covert cameras are not already in place, it will survey the area with a view to tackling illegal dumping.