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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...
With the general election coming up, you can imagine that the candidates and parties would like to know what political leanings the people of Kerry have. Through social media, you could potentially be giving candidates and political parties all they need to know about you. How are some social media users goinging out of their way to give this...
Something we’ve heard a number of times here in Radio Kerry in relation to planning applications is that some objections and appeals come from parties who purport to be someone else.   This issue was mentioned in particular after planning permission was granted for a South Kerry hotel, a decision which was appealed – successfully – to An Bord Pleanála....
Kerry County Council’s Machinery Yard spent €4.1 million last year (2018).Kerry County Council revealed the total costs for their Machinery Yard over the past five years in a number of categories, including wages, maintenance costs, overheads and fuel costs.Eamonn Hickson has been looking through the figures. Give me an overview of costs for 2018?€2.47 million was spent on staff...
The oral hearing into the proposed South Kerry Greenway began in Tralee on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019. Kerry County Council decided to acquire the lands needed by compulsory purchase order, following failure to secure agreement over the years with some landowners along the 32-kilometre route from Glenbeigh to Renard. Over 100 people attended the opening day of the oral...
Over the past couple of years, social media sites have come under scrutiny over how much data they collect on their users, and how they re-purpose that information, primarily for advertising.But what, really, does the likes of Facebook actually know about you, and how can such info be used to, potentially, influence your thinking and consideration? Is that even...

Firies GAA gets the green light for new pitches and community walking track

Firies GAA has been granted planning permission for new playing pitches next to the village.The club, which was established in 1962, has club grounds...

Recruitment for Kerry beach lifeguards underway

Kerry County Council has begun its annual recruitment for beach lifeguards.Applicants must be at least 17 and hold a current Irish Water Safety Lifeguard...

13 COVID-19 related deaths and 738 new cases confirmed this evening – 19 in...

The Department of Health has reported 13 additional COVID-19 related deaths this evening.10 of these deaths occurred in February, 1 occurred in January, 1...

The Implication of the FBD case for Kerry businesses – February 26th, 2021

Deirdre speaks to Patrick Enright of Enright and Co Solicitors Castleisland

The End of Direct Provision for Asylum Seekers? – February 26th, 2021

A retired High Court judge says he hopes proposals to change the direct provision system will be implemented quickly.The government today published its White...