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It has cost the HSE nearly €70,000 so far to rent properties and rooms for additional self-isolation facilities, hubs and accommodation in Kerry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on accommodations and centres secured by the HSE in Kerry during the pandemic has been released, following a parliamentary question by Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae. During the early stages of the...
A private apartment that failed an inspection in 2015 is still being used by Kerry County Council on an accommodation scheme, despite the highlighted issues remaining outstanding.The private property is used in the council’s Rental Accommodation Scheme.  Under this scheme, councils draw up contracts with landlords to provide housing for an agreed term for people with a long-term...
A pilot programme is continuing on the Dingle Peninsula, which aims to provide ESB Networks with the information and knowledge to implement changes across the national network in the future.It’s being undertaken by the company, to test and trial new, greener technologies.These include electric vehicles, air source heat pumps, peer-to-peer energy sharing and solar panels.Solar PV panels – or...
Kerry County Council says its original cost estimate for the South Kerry Greenway didn’t include the cost of land acquisition.  This was revealed in correspondence between the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the local authority when funding was being sought for the proposed greenway. Can you give us an outline of what you received?I’m going to focus...
Kerry County Council accepted a report of an alleged planning breach from a man who died 10 months previously. The local authority accepted and proceeded to investigate a claim there was an unauthorised development, despite being notified the man had passed away and couldn’t have made the report.   How did this all come about?On the 8th of October of last...
Cahersiveen Direct Provision Centre
The Department of Justice says the Cahersiveen premises offered for direct provision originally had a planned capacity for 300 residents.The former Skellig Star Hotel opened as a centre for asylum seekers in March, as part of the department’s emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic.The local community and public representatives were informed of the move only days in advance, with...
The Department of Social Protection has responded to claims people residing outside the country are fraudulently receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.  The department was replying to Radio Kerry’s query on the bona fides of those receiving the welfare payment, following reports some Irish people in Australia applied for – and are benefiting from – the €350 per week payment....
It’s emerged that a Kerry TD failed to declare his directorship of a company in the county.  All TDs and senators are required to declare their business interests and property ownerships yearly in the Registers of Members’ Interests.  In the most recent publication, Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae listed 21 land parcels or properties, four occupations and one directorship in...
The electricity industry in Ireland is undergoing unprecedented change, facilitating our country’s transition to a low carbon energy system, while providing secure supplies of green and affordable energy to our homes and businesses.ESB Networks is tasked with leading this charge and, as part of its information-gathering process, it’s trialling technologies on the Dingle Peninsula in recent months.A pilot programme...
An EPA report says water supplies were overdosed with disinfectant in a West Kerry water treatment plant.The EPA found Kerry County Council failed to manage an incident in order to maintain water quality and protect public health at the Dingle Water Treatment Plant in January of 2020.The EPA has since made a number of recommendations.What is the background to...

Four deaths and 98 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland

Four more people have died from COVID-19 in Ireland, with 98 more cases of the disease confirmed.There are no new cases in Kerry, the...

Over €2.5 million available to Kerry County Council for housing adaptation

Kerry County Council has a budget of over €2.5 million for housing adaptations this year.That's an increase of over €170,000 on 2019 funding.The money...

Swimming bans lifted at two South Kerry beaches

Swimming bans at two South Kerry beaches have been lifted.On Sunday, Kerry County Council announced the bathing and swimming prohibitions at White Strand and...