Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen reports….

Tahilla, Sneem N70 road €780,000.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Minister for Transport announced funding in late December. Funding for National Primary Roads in the County increased by €7.6 Million on what was received in 2016.
Further allocations for Regional and Local roads will be announced shortly

Monthly motions.
What is Kerry County Council doing to utilise advances in technology to improve and promote the County, including collaborating with other agencies in the development a new website, appropriate APPs etc.

Minister for Agriculture visits Kenmare Mart.
On Monday 19th December Minister Michael Creed TD visited Kenmare Mart, I want to thank James O’Farrell organiser of the visit, Mart chairman Mike Tim O’Sullivan, Mart Manager Dan McCarthy, and the Mart committee for putting on an extra Sheep Mart on 19th December as the Ministers schedule was tight and it was the only day he could attend.
We were delighted when Michael from Macroom became Minister and appointed my cousin Johnathan Hoare as his Special Advisor, Johnathan is a mighty worker and has a fantastic grasp of Agricultural issues.
Minister Creed launched the Sheep Scheme for the Country at the Mart, the new Sheep Welfare Scheme provides funding of up to €25 million for Irish sheep farmers in 2017. The scheme is operational since the start of this month and is part of the Governments Rural Development Programme. The scheme provides support of €10 per ewe to farmers for undertaking actions which make a positive contribution to flock welfare. The scheme was designed to take into account the different challenges faced by sheep farmers in lowland and in hill areas.

Macroom / Ballyvourney by pass meeting.
Last Thursday, 12th January, I attended a meeting in Dublin with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly National Roads Authority) along with 4 other Councillors, the Mayor of Kerry, CEO of Kerry County Council Moira Murrill and the Councils Director of Operations Charlie O’Sullivan regarding progressing the Bye pass. Also after arranging for the Minister for Agriculture to visit Kenmare on 19th December last I discussed with him the need for work to start on the by pass as soon as possible. Minister Creed who lives in Macroom assured me he is doing all in his power to progress it.

Loo bridge / Poulgorm junction.
After the meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland regarding the Macroom Bye pass, I will also discuss and submit photos of the dangerous junction between the R569 and N22, I will be calling for safer realignment of the road, lighting and better signage. I have previously raised this issue with my Party Colleagues serving in the Oireachtas.

Clinics.
I am available most evenings at 5 Main Street, Kenmare or I can meet people after work in Kenmare, Kilgarvan, Tuosist, Lauragh, Sneem, Tahilla, Blackwater, Templenoe, Bonane. I also have clinics throughout South and Mid Kerry on the first and second Monday of every month.
Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen
087 2904325
pconnorscarteen@gmail.com

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