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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/

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.

 

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IT Tralee joins Lero software research centre

20 Oct

IT Tralee joins Lero software research centre

Kerry play Galway in All-Ireland Quarter Final

24 Jul

Munster Champions Kerry will Galway in next Sunday’s (July 30th) All-Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park at 2:00pm. The fixture is part of a double bill which will also see Connaught Champions Roscommon take on Mayo at 4:00pm. David Coldrick will be the referee for the Kerry Galway game, with Joe Mc Quillan taking over the role for the Roscommon vs Mayo game.

Ticket Information
Hogan Stand (No Concessions) – €35.00
Cusack Stand – €35.00
Terrace – €25.00

Family Tickets – Cusack and Davin Only
Adults – €35.00
Juveniles – €5.00

Tickets are available online at GAA.ie

All 5 Kerry seats declared

1 Mar

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:

Fianna Fail

Candidate Party Votes
Michael Healy-Rae Independent 20,378
Danny Healy-Rae Independent 13,826
Brendan Griffin Fine Gael 14,050
Martin Ferris Sinn Fein 12,964
John Brassil 12,792