Farming. This winter has been one of the hardest winters for sheep farmers in recent years. At the last council meeting I brought forward a motion whereby to ask the minister for agriculture to re-introduce a sheep subsidy of at least €20 per ewe, which I feel is the only way that sheep farming will survive as it is not viable for farmers to continue sheep farming without this subsidy. I am glad to announce that there is a proposed subsidy of €10 per ewe which will be introduced by the new government until 2017.
Learner Drivers. I feel that it is of vital importance for people living in rural parts of the country to be given the opportunity to learn how to drive. I have asked that the Minister for Transport to introduce a driving permit to learner drivers who have both the theory test and 12 driving lessons completed to be considered capable of driving unaccompanied.
Public footpaths and street lighting. I have again asked the council to extend public lighting accompanied by a footpath to the Ard Bhearna estate. I have highlighted once more the urgent need for the footpath to be extended from the Brooklane hotel to main junction at the Killarney road.
1916 Commemoration. Friday the 13th of May was a historic day for the people of Kenmare, as we got to honour those involved. I would like to thank all those who were involved to make this day possible.
Strictly Come Dancing. A big thank you to all who have supported me and Margaret McCarthy at strictly come dancing in Killarney. The total of €56,045 was raised on the night.
Pobalscoil Inhear Sceine. Congratulations to all involved in recent Munster final, best wishes in the future.
Ring of Beara cycle. Best of luck to all taking part in the upcoming Ring of Beara cycle.
Jack and Jill up the hill. Well done to all who took part in the recent walk/run. Thank you to all those who organised such a successful event.
I am available every day in Kenmare Mart. I also hold clinics in south and west Kerry throughout the month.
Cllr Dan McCarthy, Kilcurrane East, Kenmare
087 6846513 / 087 2224411 (work number)