FOLLOWING years of campaigning, the green light has finally been given for the installation of community CCTV in Killarney.
State-of-the-art security camera systems will be put in place in Killarney town, inner and outer, as well as in the Ballyspillane Estate where some issues of concern have arisen in recent years and following a request from the residents’ association.
Justice Minister, Helen McEntee, has approved part grant payments for the Killarney scheme which will cost a total of €160,000.
The Killarney town centre CCTV system will cost €67,000 with a grant of €20,100 paid to Kerry Council in February, the Killarney outer system carries a price tag of €52,090 with €15,627 paid already and the Ballyspillane system will cost €40,400 with €12,150 already paid out in grants to the local authority.
The legal framework requires that any proposed community CCTV scheme must be approved by the local Joint Policing Committee, have the prior support of the relevant local authority –which must also act as data controller – and have the authorisation of the Garda Commissioner.
The option to establish a community CCTV scheme is available to groups that meet these legal requirements, anywhere in the country.
Welcoming the development, Chairman of the Kerry Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Niall Kelleher, said community CCTV will be a great benefit to Killarney and he has been campaigning for a number of years to have it installed, in full compliance with data protection guidelines.
He said it is his understanding that when it comes to the Killarney system, real-time access to the garda station will be possible with agreement from the data protection regulator and details of that development are currently being finalised.