New road proposed where cliff face collapsed in mid-Kerry

Kerry County Council says that the only viable solution following the collapse of a road into the sea near Rossbeigh is to construct a brand new road. Cliff Road Residents of the Cliff Road overlooking Rossbeigh beach have been unable to drive to their homes since part of the road fell into the sea in mid-September. The council is to seek funding for the work which is expected to cost over €1 million. The collapse of part of the Cliff Road – which has seventeen homes on the cul-de-sac beside Rossbeigh – means there is no vehicular access for residents. Locals can only access their homes on foot but following further recent erosion at the original location, Kerry County Council fears that a pedestrian footbridge may be required for safety reasons. The council engaged the services of engineering consultants Malachy Walsh and they have recommended building a new road. This would involve cutting into the cliff face above the existing road using reinforced earth techniques, all at an estimated cost of €1.1 million. Other options including a different point of access were ruled out on the basis of a low probability of success and very substantial costs. In a circular to local councillors, Director of Services, Charlie O’Sullivan, said he will be liaising with the Department of Transport to secure funding for the works.