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Proposed diversion at Bawnboy to Tralee-Fenit Greenway
At the end of September, Kerry County Councillors, who are members of the Tralee Municipal District, will decide whether to approve a proposal by the local authority to make a diversion to the proposed Tralee-Fenit Greenway.Two years ago, the proposed greenway, which it’s intended would follow the route of the original rail line from Tralee to Fenit, received planning...
The greater Killarney area becomes a Low Smoke Zone from September 1st.  This means that smoky – or bituminous – coal cannot be sold, marketed, distributed or burned within the area from next Tuesday.There are rules associated with this new legislation – however, there are some interesting exceptions that allow for the storage of smoky coal within these areas....
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...

Irish Water Changes to Countywide Contracts

Irish Water has changed its tendering process for contractors in the county.  In August, Irish Water launched a tender process for the plant hire...

Funding allocated to boat restoration project in Caherciveen

A project to restore a boat in south Kerry has secured grant funding.It is among 56 coastal community projects around the country which are...

COVID leads to €10.6 million hole in Kerry County Council budget

COVID-19 will result in a drop of €10.6 million in local income for Kerry County Council.That's according to a letter sent to councillors ahead...

Irish Water Changes to Countywide Contracts

Irish Water has changed its tendering process for contractors in the county.  In August, Irish Water launched a tender process for the plant hire...

Getting the Tech Giants to Pay More Tax – September 23rd, 2020

Professor Frank Barry is the Professor of International Business & Economic Development at Trinity College Dublin.

A Problem Shared – September 23rd, 2020

A listener wrote to Tony and Val. She met her partner when she was in her late 40s. They are very happy together but...