Cllr Dan McCarthy reports…

Cyclist safety. As the evenings are getting darker much quicker I feel that cyclists need increased safety measures put in place, so I have asked that the department of transport in conjunction with the road safety authority provide those who purchase or rent a bicycles with complementary or discounted safety equipment which should also include a booklet containing the rules of the road.
Rural businesses. I have asked Kerry county council to consider removing or reducing rates to small shops in rural communities. This is I feel is detrimental to the survival of small shops in rural communities, as they are being put under increased pressure to compete with multi-nationals in larger towns.
Christmas Shopping. I would like to ask each and every one of you to shop local this Christmas and support local businesses.
Road safety. With the long dark evenings it is paramount that each individual who goes walking wear hi visibility clothing and carry a flashlight to ensure the safety of themselves and motorists.
Footpaths and public lighting. I again have raised the issue of extending and repairing the footpath on the Killowen road. Also to extend public lighting to Ard Bhearna estate and Killowen road.
Manhole covers. I have asked the council to give an update on the broken manhole covers in Kenmare town and to get them replaced as quick as possible.
Harvest Ball. Congratulations to Blackwater women’s group on the organising of the Harvest ball, which was a great success.
GAA. Best of luck to Kenmare Shamrocks as they progress through the Munster championship.
Strictly Come Dancing. I would like to personally thank all those who supported me as I recently took part in strictly come dancing for Dromid GAA. Thank you to my fellow dancers and organisers who made this event a delight to take part in. Also I was given the honour of auctioning off a pair of football boots belonging to the Kerry legend Declan O’Sullivan where all the money raised went to Dromid GAA.
Halloween Howl. Congratulations and well done to all who helped to organise and run the Halloween howl event in Kenmare, great credit is due to each and every one who made this event such a great success.
Clinics. 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)