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Killarney selected for €3m GAA museum

19 Jan

Killarney has secured a victory over Tralee for a new Kerry GAA museum, estimated to cost more than €3 million. A planning application has been lodged with Killarney Town Council to build a two-storey museum, with parking facilities for cars and coaches, at the town’s Fitzgerald Stadium. The neighbouring towns had engaged in a war of words in their claims as likely locations for the county’s major new sporting and cultural museum. But the fact that Killarney attracts a large number of visitors was a key factor in determination the location.

English: Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney

Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney

Fitzgerald Stadium, which opened in 1936 and which can accommodate more than 40,000 spectators, is also one of the country’s leading GAA grounds. The planning application, in the name of Kerry Gaelic Culture Museum Ltd, is for a 1,350 sq metre building to be erected on an under-used training field on the eastern side of the main pitch. Work will also involve the demolition of toilets, some of the boundary walls on the northern side, and all of the existing boundary walls, gates and entrances on the eastern side of the stadium. A decision on the planning application is expected on February 11 next and the aim is to have the construction completed in 2013, depending on funding being available from tourism bodies and the GAA.

Read the full article in the Irish Examiner

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Liebherr extension granted planning permission

7 Dec

Liebherr Container Cranes has been given the go ahead to expand its Killarney factory. Kerry County Council has granted planning permission subject to 11 conditions for a facility in which container crane components will be made. The proposed new building is to be located in the existing factory grounds in Gortroe, Killarney. This production facility will also have accompanying office and storage buildings.

Major Fenit Harbour development to go ahead

5 Dec

Plans for a major development at Fenit Harbour have been given the go ahead. Kerry County Council has granted Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners planning permission for the expansion and development project, subject to 19 conditions. The plans involve the provision of a new 210 berth marina expansion, a new boat lift, oyster training bays, and additional car parking. They also include the extension of existing and development of new break waters.

Irish Times writer criticises planning in Kerry

13 Sep

The Environmental Editor of the Irish Times has criticised planning in Kerry. Frank McDonald says after a recent trip to the county, he witnessed unrestricted housing. There are 34,000 one off houses in Kerry which account for more than half the total housing stock.

He has also accused Kerry County Council of damaging the landscape, citing road widening coming into Dingle from the Conor Pass and what he calls ‘ugly’ concrete barriers at Coomakista. Mr McDonald hopes people will learn from their mistakes, but stops short of suggesting ghost estates should be bull-dozed to the ground.

Read original atricle @ The Irish Times

Bord Pleanála criticises Council’s 1km rule

13 Sep

AN Bord Pleanála has once again criticised Kerry County Council’s controversial 1km rule, accusing the local authority of having conflicting policies and objectives when it comes to granting permission for telecommunications masts.

Overruling yet another Kerry County Council decision to refuse planning for the retention of a mast in Lyreacrompane, the planning appeals board said it failed to understand how the council can claim to support the development of efficient telecommunications masts, yet will not allow them within one kilometre of properties, schools, hospitals or inhabited structures.
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Kerry Mayor says 1km rule needs to be reviewed

17 Aug

The Mayor of Kerry says the 1 kilometre rule needs to be reviewed. The controversial rule has been criticised by An Bord Pleanala in the past. The rule banning telecommunications masts from being located within one kilometre of houses, schools, hospitals and workplaces was introduced seven years ago.

Between 2003 and October last year, around 38 planning applications for masts were been refused by Kerry County Council – 25 of these decisions were overturned by An Bord Pleanala. That pattern has been repeated several times in recent months.

Both the County Manager and the Director of Planning recommended the rule be scrapped when the County Development Plan was being debated last year. They said the one kilometre rule was not reflected in any other national policy. However, councillors voted against the advice of management. Mayor Pat Leahy says the rule was adopted by councillors on health and safety grounds but it’s clearly not working.

Kerry planning rule for masts is unrealistic says Bord Pleanala

14 Jun

Kerry County Council’s 1km-rule, which restricts the erection of telecommunications masts within a kilometre of residential buildings, has once again been overruled by An Bord Pleanala. The mast and antennae owned by Vodafone at Lisroe Road in Duagh has been granted retention permission. In its report, An Bord Pleanala stated that it considers the 1km rule to be unrealistic and contrary to existing policies and guidelines. It granted retention permission for the mast for a period of five years.