Kerry TD says he cannot understand cost of removing Kerry Slug from major road project

Cllr for Kerry County Council Danny Healy-Rae (IND) Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ©

A Kerry TD says he cannot understand the cost of removing the Kerry Slug from a major road project.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae was speaking after it was revealed work on conserving the Kerry Slug as part of the Macroom Bypass development is costing €2 million.

The 22-kilometre dual carriageway between Ballyvourney and Macroom on the N22 Kerry Cork road will cost €214 million overall.

A condition of the bypass development is the movement of the Kerry Slug from where the road is being built to a new area.

Deputy Healy-Rae says he’s disappointed with the cost of the removal, saying he’d prefer to see the money being spent on reducing the number of people waiting on trolleys in UHK.

Furthermore, he would like to know how it was decided that this slug, living in Cork, is from Kerry.

He asks are these slugs wearing Kerry jerseys or is there proof that they travelled all the way from Kerry in the past 500 years.