Cameras needed to keep check on park

A hand-carved sculpture of a Greenland white fronted goose was targeted in Knockreer

CONSIDERATION is to be given to installing CCTV cameras in an area of Killarney National Park than runs alongside the River Deenagh at Knockreer.

Social problems in the area were highlighted by Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher, who asked Kerry County Council to liaise with the National Parks and Wildlife Service on the matter.

He said it could be included in the planned roll-out of CCTV for Killarney town centre which, at the request of residents, will also take in the Ballyspillane estate.

Mayor of Kerry Cllr Niall Kelleher: Call for CCTV

Cllr Kelleher said it is an important issue as safety is paramount in the area of Knockreer where there is a children’s playground located.

He said other anti-social problems have arisen in the area in recent months and action has to be taken.

In September highlighted a mindless act of vandalism at Knockreer which saw two painstakingly hand-carved wooden sculptures – part of a spectacular nature trail – crudely hacked and damaged almost beyond repair.

There have also been shocking cases of illegal dumping in Knockreer and the area is also a known gathering point for groups of young people after dark.

Kerry County Council officials said they will consult with the NPWS on the CCTV proposal and Mayor Kelleher said it would also be necessary to involved Fáilte Ireland in the negotiations as it owns that particular strip of land.

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