All five seats have now been filled in the Kerry constituency following Friday’s general election. The five TDs, who’ll be taking their place in the 32nd Dail, were declared elected after a count spanning two days at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. Returning Officer Padraig Burke made the official announcement shortly after 8pm Saturday night.
The final three seats were filled after the 11th count, with outgoing Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin elected following the elimination of Labour’s Arthur Spring and the distribution of his votes. Fianna Fail’s John Brassil and Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris were then elected, without having reached the quota. Earlier in the day Independent Danny Healy-Rae took the second seat, with his brother Michael elected in the first count with in excess of 20 thousand first preferences, the highest vote in the country in this election.
Speaking after his elimination outgoing Labour TD Arthur Spring said that he has no regrets. He said that it had been an honour to represent the people of Kerry and West Limerick. However FG Candidate and former Minister Jimmy Deenihan admitted he was disappointed at the loss of his seat. Returning Officer Padraig Burke has deemed the following candidates elected in Kerry following the 11th and final count:
Kerry Airport has attracted a prestigious aviation conference to the county from June 2nd to 5th. Connect Aviation is a forum for airlines, airports, regulatory bodies, suppliers and tourism bodies. The 450 attendees will hear from experts including Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, John Weatherill, Richard Carcaillet and Ruth Andrews. For further details see connect-aviation.com
Hosting the CONNECT conference comes at an important time for the region as Kerry Airport, in association with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, has a strategy to increase inbound tourism through the airport by 40% over the next five years.
Showing his support for CONNECT, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said: “I commend Kerry Airport and all of the stakeholders for bringing so many key aviation influencers to Ireland, and to Kerry. It is perfectly in tune with our “People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025” policy, where we plan to increase employment in the sector by one-fifth to 250,000. Carol O’ Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager, Kerry Airport said: “We see our hosting role as an important opportunity to showcase everything that Kerry has to offer with a view to growing our route offering.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “With hundreds of representatives from all the major airlines and airports due to attend, the CONNECT conference is an exciting opportunity for Kerry and Ireland. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with airlines and airports, to stimulate demand for new flights and to promote existing routes to Ireland.”
Update – Repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Aghadoe, Barleymount, Aglish, Rockfield, Laharn and surrounding areas in Co. Kerry.
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The CONNECT organisers are delighted to announce that the 12th International Aviation Forum will take place from the 3rd – 5th June 2015 in Killarney, County Kerry.
Hosted by Destination Kerry and Kerry Airport, and supported the local and national tourism industry, the CONNECT conference will bring together more than 400 leading aviation professionals to meet, discuss and shape their future networks across Europe and beyond.
“Destination Kerry in collaboration with its tourism partners are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the destination and highlight to the key industry players what we have to offer” said Peter McDermott, Chairman of Destination Kerry. “Kerry is Ireland’s jewel in the crown of tourism. The area attracts visitors from every corner of the globe, with its main source of visitors coming from the USA, UK, Germany and France. Hosting CONNECT in 2015 will bring a focus on access to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of Ireland’s main tourist attractions, of which Kerry accounts for 440km of the coastal drive. Overseas visitor numbers were up 13.6% for the first 6 months of 2014 – a trend we hope to improve on with increased seat capacity.”
“This year Kerry hopes to add a new dimension to the successful CONNECT event by inviting Tour Operators from around Europe to CONNECT 2015” explains Carol O’Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager at Kerry Airport. “Tour Operators bring thousands of visitors to Kerry and Ireland every year and we believe they are vital partners in a leisure destination’s route development activities. We hope to include them at the early stages of any discussions.”
Killarney House and Gardens will be open to the public next year according to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Heather Humphries says the €7.1 million Killarney House restoration project will be substantially complete by the end of this year, with a view to the site being fully operational and open to the public in 2015.
Fine Gael Senator for Kerry and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan has welcomed the confirmation saying the refurbished house, will function as a national park visitor centre and will provide an added attraction for visitors to the town. The visitor centre project includes a newly built extension to the house and an interpretative centre for the national park.