Rossbeigh delegation to meet with OPW minister tomorrow over cliff fall

None of the residents of the 14 houses affected by a cliff fall in Rossbeigh in September have availed of the council’s offer of alternative accommodation. Cliff Road Kerry County Council has confirmed that restoring access to the residents of the Lower Cliff Road is proving extremely problematic. Tomorrow, residents and local representatives are meeting with Minister of State for the OPW Simon Harris in Dublin. The access road to the Lower Cliff Road was seriously undermined following heavy rainfall over the weekend of September 11th to 13th resulting in its closure. Pedestrian access has been put in place and the council says this will be maintained in the short term. An update on the situation, presented at a meeting of Kerry County Council yesterday, heard that since then a working group had been established to work with residents. Kerry County Council has been examining various options to restore access but says these are proving extremely challenging because of the topography of the area. The measures being explored include coastal protection measures, a new road linking with the upper road, and a new road from the end of the cul-de-sac connecting with the local road at Coolnaharagill and the provision of a bailey bridge. The council says it’s working closely with the OPW and the Department of Transport to secure funding for short-term proposals and to start the process of putting a long-term plan in place.