Council Chief Thanks Public For Support During Cold Weather Spell

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Moira Murrell.

THE Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, has thanked members of the public for their cooperation and support during the recent adverse weather conditions.

Over the course of several days, the Kerry Local Coordination Group – including Kerry County Council, An Garda Síochána, the HSE, Kerry Civil Defence and Kerry Fire Services – coordinated preparations for the storm and the response on the ground. The Group also liaised with the regional response team and the National Emergency Coordination Office.

Up to 150 council staff were involved in treating routes and in the clean-up operation around the county and personnel were mobilised to clear snow when it was safe to do so.

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Ahead of the storm, some 400 tonnes of grit were made available at over 90 locations around the county for use by members of the public.

“I would like to thank our Operations staff for their Trojan work over recent days as well as our Municipal District offices, engineers, and emergency contact personnel. Our staff on the ground managed to get the county moving again after some very busy and tiring days and nights,’ she said.

“The volunteers in the Civil Defence provided tremendous support in transporting people in urgent situations. There was also great assistance from Chief Supt Tom Myers and his colleagues, the team at Irish Water, and Teresa Donovan, Head of Primary Care with the HSE.”

“The Council is satisfied with the level of preparation at all levels of the organisation. There was very effective collaboration with all the public bodies involved,” she said.

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