Playground Should Be Locked At Night And Requires Major Overhaul: Cahill

A Kerry County Councillor has called for Killorglin Playground to be locked at night. Councillor Michael Cahill said the Playground is a place for children to play and enjoy themselves and is not a place for anti social behavior, drink and drug parties, etc, at night time.

“I have been contacted by a number of mother’s in the Killorglin area who have stopped bringing their children to the Playground as they deem it to be unsafe.” “I have been informed that it is quite common to find broken bottles and glass, graffiti, empty cans, used condoms and all types of rubbish in the playground,” stated Councillor Cahill. The Fianna Fail Councillor said it was very disappointing as a lot of work went into the provision of a Playground in Killorglin by Kerry County Council and a hard working local  committee at the time.

“It would be great if a local group could take responsibility for the closing of the playground every night, however we tried that before to no avail,” stated the Rossbeigh Councillor. The Local Councillor said the only option now available to stop the anti social behavior is to lock the Playground at night.

Councillor Cahill also said the Playground needs a major overhaul as he has received a number of complaints that it has now become rundown and unsightly looking.

Call For Permanent Caretaker At Rossbeigh Beach

During a debate on the Litter Pollution Act at this month’s meeting of Kerry County Council, Councillor Michael Cahill called on Council Senior Management to provide a Full-time Caretaker at Rossbeigh Beach. Councillor Cahill said the Council provide a Caretaker every year from the 1st of June to the end of September and the beach is well maintained. Outside of this period the refuse bins and dog fowling bins are removed and this has become a big problem for dumping and dog fowling, stated Councillor Cahill.

The Fianna Fail Councillor who resides in Rossbeigh said the beach has become increasingly busy off season with the success of the Wild Atlantic Way and with the public becoming more health conscious.

There has been an alarming increase in the number of people walking dogs on the beach in recent years and it is quite common to see up to 50 or 60 dogs on the beach on any one day stated Councillor Cahill. “Our beaches are a very important part of County Kerry’s economy and need to be maintained to the highest of standards and the only way this can be achieved is by having a permanent Caretaker who will ensure amongst other things that the bins are put out and emptied on a weekly basis.” The Local Councillor said that he believed the increase in illegal dumping across the county was as a result of price increases, the fact that not all routes were being serviced and sheer recklessness by members of the public.

The Fianna Fail Councillor called on the Government and the Private operators to implement a price freeze and on Kerry County Council to do likewise in regards to their Transfer Stations.

‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’

Killorglin CYMS Players are currently in the final stages of rehearsal for their forthcoming production of Jimmy Keary’s comedy ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’. This hilarious comedy is not to be missed, featuring an all-star local cast.

The show will be staged at the CYMS Community Hall Killorglin Wed 3rd, Thurs 4th, Fri 5th April 2019 and Wed 10th, Thurs 11th, Fri 12th April 2019. (Opening Night Special Offer 3rd April Seats Only €8)

Contact the ticket office 0669762053. Adm: €12

Curtain: 8pm Sharp (Doors Open 7pm) (Unreserved Seating)

BOOK NOW To Avoid Disappointment.

A comedy that promises to have you shaking in your seats and begging for more!

The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley is set in Aggie Foley’s farmhouse in rural Ireland. Aggie is close to seventy and is keen that her only son, Gabriel – now past forty – will find himself a wife. Gabriel is not opposed to the idea and, to improve his chances, joins the nearby town’s newly established Drama Society – ‘The Prince of Denmark Players’. There he meets Hazel, and quickly becomes infatuated with her, much to the displeasure of Chrissie McCabe from the neighbouring farm, who has always had her eye on Gabriel.

When circumstances warrant that a rehearsal has to be held at Gabriel’s home, the action shifts into full comic gear, with neighbouring farmer, Liam Gavigan, and Aggie’s sister, Lucy Lacey, playing their part in stirring the pot! Adding spice to the mixture are the posh writer and director, Morag Dellamere, and Clive Snell, a self-important member of ‘The Prince of Denmark Players’ who, co-incidentally, also has his eye on Hazel! The part of Aggie Foley is played by Bridget Cahillane.

Donal Pigott plays the bachelor farmer, Gabriel Foley. Martha Fleming plays Chrissie McCabe, the girl from the neighbouring farm. Liam Gavigan, the neighbouring farmer, is played by Brian O’Sullivan. Irene Kavanagh plays the temptress, Hazel Myers.

Aunt Lucy is played by Gina O’Shea. Mike Moriarty plays the pompous, self-absorbed Clive Snell, and Sarah Pigott plays Morag Dellamere.

The play is directed by Brendan Reidy who is no stranger to Drama. Brendan was a thespian with Sliabh Luachra  Drama Group for many years before moving to Killorglin and getting involved in the CYMS players. He was part of the cast of ‘An Trial ‘ and ‘It Runs in the family’ before last year taking to the helms as producer of ‘No body’s talking to me’.   Brendan brings his own unique style of direction and  stunning set design to this production.  Following record breaking  crowds at last year’s production it is advisable to book early  to avoid disappointment.

For more information follow us on our FB page ‘Killorglin CYMS Players’.

 

Council To Carry Out Major Review Of Car Parking Bylaws In Killorglin

Kerry County Council are to carry out a major review of the Car Parking Bylaws in Killorglin town following a call from Councillor Michael Cahill. Councillor Cahill requested the Council to maximise existing on- street parking and the number of car parking spaces in each of the town’s carparks, to consider introducing 2 Hour Car Parking where necessary and to identify and acquire a suitable site for a new car park that will accommodate buses and Coach Tours. The Fianna Fail Councillor also raised the carpark on the School road which he said was nearly always at full capacity and said this should be examined. This he maintained was not helpful when parents were dropping off and collecting their children. The Killorglin Councillor stated that he was against paid parking in Killorglin and added that the business community in Killorglin would also be against such a move. Councillor Cahill welcomed confirmation that a site for additional car and coach parking has been acquired at Annadale Road and called for funding to be put in place for the development of this car park as a matter of priority.

REPLY:  The Council does intend to commence the process of reviewing the Parking Bye-Laws in Killorglin later this year. This process will determine an overall strategy including the extents of 2-hour parking and parking restrictions generally. However, a review of the Parking Bye-Laws will not lead to any significant increase in the number of spaces available particularly in the off-street public car parks, as both the Fair Field and Annnadale Road car parks have both been re-surfaced and re-lined relatively recently, thereby maximising the number of spaces available.

A site for additional car and coach parking has been acquired at Annadale Road and the development of this car park will proceed when a suitable funding stream becomes available.

Fexco appoints Gerry Hastings to head new aviation business

| Fexco today announced the appointment of Gerry Hastings as CEO of its new aviation business, Fexco Aviation Services. The business aims to build Fexco’s position as the primary provider of services to the aviation finance market worldwide and will be headquartered in Shannon, Ireland, with an office in Dublin.

Fexco Aviation Services will perform cash management, administration and accounting services for aviation related businesses. It will also provide Managing Agent services for aircraft and aircraft engine owning vehicles in the Asset Backed Securitization sector.

Gerry Hastings has extensive experience in the aviation sector in finance roles for GPA, GECAS and AerCap. He joins Fexco after 11 years as Managing Director of Phoenix American Financial Services, a provider of administration and financial services to the aviation Asset Backed Securities (ABS) sector.

Denis McCarthy, CEO of Fexco Group said:

“I am delighted to welcome Gerry to the Fexco team and have confidence that with his proven track record, he will build Fexco Aviation Services to become a premier provider of financial services to the aviation industry. Gerry has vast experience in aviation having started his career with GPA in the early ‘90’s. In particular he has been deeply involved in managing and shaping capital markets aviation financing vehicles for the last 25 years.”

Gerry Hastings, CEO of Fexco Aviation Services said:

“I’m very excited to lead Fexco Aviation Services in such a dynamic market, at such an exciting time in the industry. Even at this early stage, we pride ourselves in providing excellent client service levels and in developing the strong business relationships with the leasing companies, clients, advisors and other significant players in the aviation market.”

Fáilte Ireland ramps up Brexit preparations with a €5 million investment to support tourism businesses

Fáilte Ireland will invest €5 million to support the tourism sector as it prepares for Brexit.
The announcement by Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority –  marks a significant ramping up of its activities to ensure Irish tourism is both ‘product-ready’ and ‘industry-ready’ ahead of the UK withdrawal from the EU.

The investment comes as new figures published by Fáilte Ireland today show the number one concern among tourism businesses is Brexit, particularly those in northern counties.

The Fáilte Ireland Tourism Industry Barometer is a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses nationwide providing insight into past performance and future prospects. The latest figures reveal that 7 out of 10 (69%) tourism businesses cite Brexit as their top concern – a figure which rises to 80% for accommodation providers in northern counties and 90% in the restaurant sector, both of which report a decline in their business from the UK last year.

More than 3.4 million British tourists, on average, holiday in Ireland every year and spend up to €1.6 billion. This contributes more than €233 million annually to the Exchequer.

Fáilte Ireland is warning that the fallout from a hard Brexit could cost more than €380 million to the sector.

The €5 million investment by Fáilte Ireland will help businesses assess the risk, respond to changes and diversify into other markets in a fresh drive under its ‘Get Brexit Ready’ programme. Its work will focus primarily on border counties and the South East region which have been most adversely affected by the devaluation of sterling and the drop in Northern Ireland and Great Britain visitors.

As well as providing support for over 1,000 businesses across the country, the Tourism Development Authority will also deliver a more targeted programme of training and mentoring for more than 100 businesses in border counties.

Fáilte Ireland’s Chief Executive, Paul Kelly, said:
”Fáilte Ireland is working intensively with businesses to help them prepare for Brexit. Brexit remains a key concern for every facet of the tourism sector as our latest barometer survey shows. This is particularly true for the restaurant sector nationwide, as well as accommodation providers in northern counties, who report that their visitor numbers from the UK are down over the past year. The prospect of a hard Brexit, or a potential no-deal scenario, leaves us with significant uncertainty relating to the wider implications it could have on tourism, particularly on the performance of our nearest and biggest overseas market. A less obvious consequence is that we are at risk of missing out on tourists from other core markets as the UK is our greatest competitor and the weakening value of sterling could make it more attractive to long-haul tourists, as well as those from Northern Europe. However, overall, the tourism sector is reporting a positive outlook for 2019. This sentiment would be very much underlined by what was a hugely successful year for tourism in 2018, with visitor numbers and revenue at all-time highs.”

Fáilte Ireland will spend €1.75 million specifically for commercial development to provide Irish tourism operators with opportunities to sell their products to growing markets such as the US. This work will focus on supporting northern counties particularly by bringing major international tour operators to Ireland on bespoke itineraries which they can then sell in core markets. Central to this programme of work will be the retention of the UK market by selling Ireland as a business tourism and golf destination – two types of tourism which typically yield a high number of UK tourists.  An additional €1.5 million will be spent on marketing and PR with campaigns targeting the Northern Irish market and the remainder of the Brexit allocation will be invested in business supports and resources.

Paul Kelly added:
“As we await the final outcome of Brexit, and with the situation changing on a daily basis, it is still difficult to quantify the range and scope of impacts that Brexit will have. Our key message to tourism businesses is ‘prepare and diversify’. Any tourism business which does not have Brexit contingencies as a central focus of its 2019 business plan needs to act fast. The most prudent action we can take as a sector is to be ready for the challenges it will bring. Fáilte Ireland has developed a series of initiatives to build capabilities within the industry which will allow them to continue to prosper in the face of this challenge. This includes investing €5 million in a comprehensive programme of supports and commercial development designed to help tourism businesses located particularly in border counties, to ‘Get Brexit Ready’ by diversifying to other markets and reducing their reliance on the British market.”

Other concerns highlighted in the industry barometer include the implications of the increase in the VAT rate to 13.5%.

Despite these concerns, today’s barometer results, which take into account the overall performance of 2018, strike a positive note overall. The proportion of tourism businesses expecting trade to be up in the year ahead (59%) outweighs those expecting a downturn. This is especially true for attractions, with about two thirds (68%) expecting more visitors this year.

Works To Commence This Month On €3.6 Million Roads Project In Killorglin 

Kerry County Council has confirmed that works are to commence on a E3.6 million roads project in Killorglin this month.
Senior Roads Engineer with Kerry County Council,  Padraic Teahan was responding to a “Notice of Motion ” from Councillor Michael Cahill.
Speaking at last Friday’s meeting of the South and West Kerry Municipal District, Councillor Cahill described the road from the Church in Killorglin town out to Astellas on the Tralee road as the worst section of National Secondary Road in Ireland.
The Fianna Fail County Councillor compared it to a Third World road and said that there wasn’t a road in Africa in a similar condition.
Councillor Cahill was calling for the works to commence with immediate effect and was critical of numerous previous promises that were given in respect of the matter.
Mr Teahan also confirmed to Councillor Cahill that the contractor will be commencing the work on the Tralee road and will be working into Killorglin town and that the construction phase will take 6 months to complete.
The Fianna Fail Councillor said he was pleased the work was about to commence at long last and welcomed the €3.6 million for the project.

€3M INVESTED IN OVER 1,200 COMMUNITY PROJECTS THROUGH COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL INVITES APPLICATION FOR 2019 COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND
 Since its establishment in 2015, the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund has provided funding of €3m to community groups and projects across the county. The Council has now issued a call for funding applications for the 2019 Community Support Fund which is offering a further  €750,000 to community-based projects and initiatives in Kerry over the coming year.
 
The 2019 Community Support Fund was launched on Thursday evening at the Killorglin Area Services Centre by the Leas Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Joe Culloty, and the Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell. The launch heard presentations from a number of projects and groups which had benefited from the funding available in recent years.
 
The fund, which is now in its fifth year, has supported over 1,200 projects since 2015 to the value of €3million. As occurred in 2017 and 2018, some of the Community Support Fund will be used again this coming year to target strategic projects in the four municipal districts and to co-fund projects which are in receipt of grants from other sources.
 
Over the past two years, €2million was leveraged from other grant sources as a result of the strategic allocation of resources under the Community Support Fund.
 
For 2019, the fund will target funding under five categories of support: 
  • Growing and Sustaining Communities
  • Community Tidy Towns Initiatives and Amenity Projects
  • Community Sport and Physical Activity Programmes
  • Community Economic Innovation
  • Community Based Tourism, Festivals and Events
Leas-Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Joe Culloty, said: ‘Since the Community Support Fund was established in 2015, millions of euro have been invested by Kerry County Council in community projects and initiatives around the county. This is indicative of the council’s support for the work being done by community and voluntary organisations all over the county to build vibrant, sustainable communities and the value of that work in Kerry.’
 
Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said: ‘The Community Support Fund has targeted funding towards a very wide range of community-based projects and has provided support to community councils, chamber alliances, tidy towns groups and other organisations in a very progressive and structured way. Furthermore, the retention of part of the fund to help to leverage funding from other sources and to co-fund projects with other funding streams has proven to be an enormous success in recent years.’
 
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday, 21 January 2019 and application forms may be downloaded from the council’s website. Further information is available for Kerry County Council’s Community Department at 066 7183680.

14 x 2 Bedroom Houses To Commence In Killorglin In January 2019.

Kerry County Council are to commence 14 Housing Units at Ardmoniel, Killorglin in January 2019. Councillor Michael Cahill has received confirmation from Director of Housing in Kerry, Martin O’Donoghue that the houses at Ardmoniel are due to start in January 2019 with a completion date of January 2020.
The project is currently out to main contract tender through e-tenders. Planning Permission is in place for the 14 2 bedroom units in a 2 storey semi-detached and terraced house development along with all associated siteworks.
Councillor Cahill who has welcomed the development said the 14 units will help address the Housing and Homeless Crisis in the Killorglin/Mid-Kerry region but warned that alot more needs to be done.
“I have been pushing for this Development to commence for some time now but it really is only a starting point. “
“The Housing and Homeless crisis has escalated, we have families and individuals on the Housing list for the past 10 or 12 years and almost on a daily basis new people in rented accommodation are receiving Notices to Quit as a result of landlords wanting to increase the rent or in other cases sell the properties as a result of an improved market.”
“These families and individuals now find themselves in the Homeless category as it is impossible to find properties to rent in the Killorglin/Mid-Kerry area ” stated Councillor Cahill.
The Fianna Fail Councillor has called on Kerry County Council and the Housing Minister to initiate a major Building Programme in the Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cromane, Beaufort and Glencar region and that the Local Authority needs to construct 1,2 3 and 4 bedroom properties to address the escalating crisis, as a matter of priority.
The Rossbeigh Councillor who has been consistently outspoken in regards to the Housing crisis in Kerry has again called on the Housing Minister and Kerry County Council to initiate a scheme whereby they would acquire derelict buildings in the towns and villages throughout the county, renovate these properties and allocate them to Qualified Housing Applicants.
Councillor Cahill stated that this will help address the Housing situation and also greatly enhance the towns and villages of the county.

Residents Being Treated Like Second Class Citizens: Cahill

A Member of Kerry County Council has claimed that the residents of Bansha, Steelroe, Dromin, Tinnahalla,  Callinafercy and a large Local Authority Housing Estate in Killorglin are being treated like second class citizens.
Councillor Michael Cahill who made the claim called on the Council to request Bus Eireann to provide a Bus Stop at Astellas, on the Killorglin to Tralee road as a matter of priority.
The Fianna Fail Councillor who moved a Motion on the issue at a recent meeting of the South and West Kerry Municipal District  said this unserviced area has a large rural population, including a large Local Authority Housing Estate, namely An Bhainseach and the inconvenience of not having a Bus Stop at this location means that many residents have to walk/travel a 4 to 7 mile and upwards round trip to get to the Bus Stop in Killorglin town.
The Killorglin Councillor said there is a very strong case to be made for Bus Eireann to provide a Bus Stop at this location where you have a large number of young families and elderly people who do not own a car.
“This area which includes Bansha, Steelroe, Dromin, Tinnahalla and Callinafercy has a large rural population and merits a Bus Stop ” stated Councillor Cahill.
The experienced County Councillor said that there is absolutely no excuse for Bus Eireann not providing a proper service and Bus Stop for the residents of An Bhainseach and surrounding areas and they do not deserve to be treated like second class citizens he stated.
Councillor Cahill also requested a meeting with Bus Eireann in regards to the matter. The Fianna Fail Councillor received unanimous support for his proposal and it was agreed to contact Bus Eireann in respect of the matter.