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ESB Networks is continuing with its Dingle Project, an initiative which is trialling the use of new, cleaner and greener technologies on the West Kerry peninsula.So far, the utility has installed a number of devices in homes on the peninsula, including solar PV panels, air source heat pumps and smart meters.The project will continue into next year, with electric...
Tralee could become a ‘10-minute town’ under a new concept.  A report by the Southern Regional Assembly analysed three towns in the south of the country, including Kerry’s capital. First of all, what’s meant by a “10-minute town”?This idea is about having all community facilities and services within a 10-minute walk or cycle from homes, or having them accessible by...
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...

Five additional deaths related to COVID-19

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19.There has now been a total of 2,074 COVID-19...

Order signed to dissolve IT Tralee as third level institution

The order has been signed to dissolve IT Tralee as a third level institution.The Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science,...

Over €5 million paid in PUP arrears to Kerry people

Over 11,200 people in Kerry received Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears, totalling over €5.1 million.Nationally, €129 million was paid out, following the calculation of the...

A Problem Shared – December 2nd, 2020

A grandmother went to great effort to make a cake for her grandchild’s birthday. To her understandable upset, she found the cake had been...

From Cahersiveen to CNN – December 2nd, 2020

CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan talks about confronting fake news, reporting from Trump rallies, and what John King – Mr Magic Wall – is like!

Covid-19 Testing Times for Kerry Airport – December 2nd, 2020

Yesterday, Kerry Airport announced that it was providing COVID-19 testing facilities for passengers in association with Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee. CEO John Mulhern speaks...