Many without power following Storm Ali

19 Sep

Over 2,600 homes are without power in Kerry. ESB networks are working to repair electricity lines across the county, following strong winds overnight and early this morning. They say the majority of faults are as a result of fallen trees.

A fault in Causeway is affecting hundreds of customers in the area, while 83 customers just outside Tralee on the N69 are without power. Over 1,600 homes in West Kerry are affected due to a fault in Inch, with homes in Camp, Castlegregory, Maharees and Brandon without power.

In total, over 2,500 homes are without power in North Kerry, which includes Ballyseedy, the Kerries, Castleisland and Moyvane. 22 homes are also without power in Glenbeigh, while a small number in Killarney and Barraduff are also affected, and there are 29 homes without power in Kilgarvan.

Kerry County Council staff have been responding to fallen trees and other issues across the county since 5am and have now dealt with all the major blockages on roads across the county. There are now no known obstructions to any national primary, secondary or regional roads in the county.

 

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Injunction against extension of planning permission for Shannon LNG

8 Sep

shannon-lng-696x532An environmental group has secured an injunction against a decision to extend planning permission to the Shannon LNG project in North Kerry. The High Court granted the injunction to Friends of the Irish Environment. In July, An Bórd Pleanála granted a five-year extension to planning permission granted for the proposed 500 million euro liquefied natural gas terminal. Planning was first granted for the development ten years ago.

Friends of the Irish Environment are seeking leave to apply for a judicial review of  An Bórd Pleanála’s decision to extend planning permission for the Shannon LNG natural gas terminal on the Tarbert-Ballylongford landbank. Yesterday, the High Court granted the environmental group an injunction. There’ll be a full hearing on October 4th when the environmental group will submit an application for a judicial review of the planning decision.

The Safety Before LNG group has praised Friends of the Irish Environment and says shipped fracked gas from the United States would have a disastrous effect on the climate. However, Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says gas energy is the cleanest of the fossil fuels and the terminal is needed to help reduce the country’s dependence on oil and coal.

If the project goes ahead, it could create 400 construction jobs as well as 100 permanent positions when operational. Two weeks ago, it emerged that US company New Fortress Energy had entered an agreement to progress the project, with the expectation that the facility will begin operations at the end of 2020.

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Sigmar to create 50 jobs in Tralee

15 Aug

Recruitment firm Sigmar are to create 50 jobs at the firms European Talent Hub in Tralee.
https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2018/0814/984934-sigmar-to-create-50-kerry-jobs-for-recruiters/

Killarney street to be pedestrianised

30 Mar

Pedestrianisation is to be introduced overnight on a Killarney street. It follows a vote taken by members of Killarney Municipal District on the plans for Plunkett Street.

Independent Cllr Donal Grady was against the move as he said the town was not properly prepared. However, Cllr Michael Gleeson said pedestrianisation is vital to the heartbeat of Killarney which he believes will enhance the town as a tourist destination.

The plans will involve traffic calming measures to restrict vehicular access to Plunkett Street from the Main Street junction to Reen’s Pharmacy. From Monday April 9th onwards between 7pm and 7am Plunkett Street will be pedestrianised on a permanent basis. The council will also trial pedestrianisation on the street from 11am to 7am from tomorrow Saturday March 31st to Monday 9th April, from May 11th until May 21st and from June 29th to September 3rd. Following these trial periods, a report will be prepared for councillors.

All businesses in Plunkett Street were contacted and three public submissions and an observation from Gardai were received on the plans; some concerns were raised about the potential impact on business and traffic.

Tourism worth €400m to Killarney

12 Feb

A study of the economic impact of tourism on Killarney has found that the industry is worth over €400m to the town annually, and directly employs more than 3,000 people.

But the study has also found that the town is suffering significantly from bottlenecks in the road network as well as from seasonality, with occupancy rates dropping to a low of 20% in December.

Killarney is one of the country’s key tourism hubs, attracting 1.1 million visitors per year.town’s Chamber of Commerce has targeted growth of 30% between now and 2025, and commissioned research and planning company W2 Consulting to come with a road map of how that growth might be achieved.

Its report on the economic impact of tourism on the town points to problems with seasonality and regionality; occupancy rates drop to as low as 20% in December, trailing the national average of 60% for that time of year.

The town is also suffering because of a lack of foreign direct investment – only 7% of visitors come to Killarney on business.

 

Great Southern Hotel reopens

26 Jan

An historic Killarney hotel is re-opening today under its original name. More recently known as The Malton, it’s returning to the original Great Southern name following a major refurbishment.  The grand-dame-style hotel first opened in 1854; the Scally family have owned it since 2014 and it’s part of the Hayfield Family Collection that includes the Killarney Royal Hotel and Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork.

 

Ryanair reinstates Kerry – Faro route

12 Jan

The Kerry – Faro Ryanair route is to be reinstated this summer

Kerry Airport have confirmed the route will be operational this summer, with return flights departing Farranfore from June 2nd until September 29th. Kerry Airport says Faro has been serviced from Kerry since 2010, and airport management made a strong case to Ryanair to continue the series for 2018. The service period to Faro is to be extended into September this year, meaning there will be an additional nine flights.