Cllr Calls For Urgency With Regard To Permanent Home For Rose Festival

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Cllr Jim Finucane.

A FINE Gael councillor has called for Tralee Municipal District to ‘drive on’ a project which would provide a permanent home for the Rose of Tralee selection.

Cllr Jim Finucane raised the matter at Monday’s meeting of Tralee MD. He moved the motion that in light of the cancellation of this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival, that the Council makes the provision of a permanent structure for the festival/convention centre.

In reply, Kerry County Council said they sought expressions of interest in relation to the development options for the two sites at Fels Point Tralee, one of these sites was earmarked for tourism related activity which highlighted the need for a conference facility/dome at this location.

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This process outlined the potential for the site. A further procurement process and public engagement will be necessary in order to advance this proposal.

However, Cllr Finucane said the Council needed to drive this on themselves. He said they had major projects in the town in the past including the Jeanie Johnston, the steam train and the museum and the Council should take the lead on this.

He said that a drive should be initiated to include interested parties who wish to be part of this project or primary rejuvenation project for this town.

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