Category Archives: Features

The changing face of Killarney’s New Street

AN older generation in Killarney will remember when lower New Street looked like this before the giant Dunnes Stores supermarket was built in the early 1990s. The visual image of the street was changed radically when three long-standing properties were demolished to make way for the 5,770sq m development with an additional floor pace of… Continue Reading

Hospital complex should be put to community use

THE Health Service Executive and Kerry County Council have been urged to explore community-based alternatives to development at the site of the former St Finan’s Hospital. The 5.5-acre parcel of land the HSE is negotiating to sell to the council for housing purposes is on the northern side of the bypass, at Ballydribeen, and not… Continue Reading

Views vary on what should become of hospital complex

FULLY vacant for the past nine years and quickly becoming seriously dilapidated, there has been a call for the sprawling former St Finan’s Hospital in Killarney to be given a new lease of life by converting a section of the building into social and affordable apartments. It would, in turn, ease the accommodation shortage in… Continue Reading

Kerry housing? Leave it to Mr O’Brien

THE minister with responsibility for housing visited a number of projects in Killarney this Monday to ascertain how they were progressing and what steps are being taken to meet local accommodation needs. Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, also undertook a whistle-stop tour of developments in Barraduff, Rathmore, Farranfore and Tralee. Chief… Continue Reading

Who are going to build all these new houses?

A GOVERNMENT plan to deliver 300,000 new homes within the next 10 years is not practical or achievable, a Killarney councillor has insisted. The plan, launched today, promises 90,000 new social houses, 36,000 affordable homes and 18,000 cost rental properties before the end of 2030. The remaining 156,000 homes will be delivered through the private… Continue Reading