THE Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, Chief Executive, Moira Murrell and Deputy Chief Executive, Charlie O’Sullivan met with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross during his visit to Kerry on Wednesday evening.
The representatives from Kerry County Council welcomed the meeting with Minister Ross, which took place at Kerry Airport, and took the opportunity to raise a number of key strategic Kerry projects which fall under the remit of the minister’s department.
The Council representatives raised the enormous economic and tourism potential for the entire county of the South Kerry Greenway, stating that the delivery of the project is a key objective for Kerry County Council and that it is critical to addressing rural decline in the area.
The group welcomed the recent progression of the delivery of the Macroom bypass road which is hugely important for the county for access and job creation, as identified in the government’s Action Plan for Jobs.
They also welcomed the funding this year for the Fenit harbour access route (Tralee to Fenit road) and outlined the need for future additional funding to allow for the expansion of Fenit port.
The recent announcement from Transport Infrastructure Ireland in relation to the Listowel bypass was also discussed.
The minister was advised on the current status of the planning for the scheme and that the Compulsory Purchase Order and Environmental Impact Statement will be published next month.
The Council representatives also raised the retention of funding for Kerry Airport, particularly PSO funding into the future.