Major worries over future of Tralee’s tourist attractions

Serious concern has been expressed about the future of a number of Tralee tourism projects, once the town council is abolished in May. New Mayor of Tralee Fine Gael Cllr Pat Hussey Outgoing councillors are worried that once the local authority is wound up, some tourist facilities in the Kerry capital might not be as well funded by the new Municipal Authority. Speaking at what was Tralee Town Council’s last ever budget meeting, town manager Michael McMahon said he hoped the Tralee Wetlands would pay its way in the future, but this was likely to be a challenge. The meeting also heard that major refurbishment  work is planned for the Kerry County Museum, but this will now have to be put before the new Municipal Authority for consideration. It also emerged that the Tralee to Blennerville steam train is not due to open in the immediate future. Councillor Grace O’Donnell said Tralee was now a great place to bring tourists, but she now had major concerns about the future support of some of the town’s facilities. These sentiments were echoed by Mayor of Tralee Pat Hussey, who said that with the arrival of the new local authority, Tralee councillors would find themselves fighting with the Healy-Raes over whether available funding should go to Tralee or Kenmare. Town Clerk Michael Scannell however, said he was confident Tralee would get the investment it needed.