Gardaí And Council Ask People To Park Responsibly At Kerry Beaches

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KERRY Gardaí, Kerry County Council and the HSE are appealing for motorists to park legally and responsibly when visiting public beaches and amenity areas.

Last week there were parking issues at beaches and amenity areas throughout Kerry in which vehicles were blocked in and roadways obstructed.

In many instances, including at Banna last weekend, this caused huge inconvenience to people and can create a dangerous situation when emergency vehicles cannot have access to areas.

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Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said; “After all being cooped up in our homes for so long, it is only natural that we are all going to head for our beaches and tourist spots.

“However, last weekend we had a lot of issues with parking. We must all park our cars legally and safely. Parking irresponsibly can force wheelchair users and people pushing buggies onto the road; which puts them in harm’s way.

“An Garda Síochána will be policing our beaches and amenity area to ensure people are parking legally. On the spot fines will be issued in relation to any illegal and dangerous parking.”

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen has asked members of the public to park safely and sensibly when enjoying the parks and beaches around the County over the weekend.

With more visitors coming to Kerry to enjoy the fantastic scenery, Blue Flag beaches and amenities on offer, the Cathaoirleach has pointed to the necessity to keep access clear.

“We are delighted that people feel comfortable that they can safely visit Kerry, and it is a testament to the hard work and our Safe Destination Programme, which is promoting Kerry as a safe destination,” he said.

“However, at all times, it is critical for people to park properly and ensure that emergency services have clear access to our beaches, parks and public places. We look forward to enjoying our days out with family and friends, but if something should happen that requires a 999 call, it is vital that the emergency services can have speedy access to deal with these events.”

The Cathaoirleach also asked that everybody enjoying the outdoors bring their rubbish home with them. “We have a clean, green county, and our beaches and outdoor areas are the envy of many counties. We are looking to keep it that way and everybody can play their part by taking their litter home.”

Dr Anne Sheahan said “This weekend, I remind people to continue to look after their health and the health of people around them. Remember to keep a distance from others where possible, and to wear a face mask in crowded settings (both indoors and outdoors). We all need to remember that we are seeing evidence that the new variants of Covid-19 are even more contagious, and we have seen cases transmitted outdoors.”

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