Complaints have been voiced that the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the public car parks around Killarney are not nearly adequate to cope with demand and, it has been stressed, the need is only going to get far greater going forward.
Raising the matter, Cllr Niall Kelleher was told that Kerry County Council is committed to supporting and facilitating the installation of EV charge points and the local authority works with the private sector in that regard.
Council officials informed Cllr Kelleher that Killarney currently has public charging stations in the Glebe car park, Tesco Deerpark car park, Aldi and Randles Garage on Muckross Road and chargers are also available at the Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Avenue Hotel, Great Southern Hotel, Hotel Killarney, Gleneagle Hotel, Cahernane House Hotel, Lake Hotel, Castlerosse Hotel, Europe Hotel and the Innisfallen Hotel.
“The council continues to be open to discussions with the community and private sector to further develop the EV charge point infrastructure in Kerry.
“Well known, established companies are continually expanding their network in Ireland and looking for new opportunities for development,” the council said.
The government’s strategy ambition regarding the delivery of a public electric vehicle charging network is to support 194,000 cars and vans on the roads by 2025 via home charging, residential neighbourhood charging, destination charging and motorway charging.
The strategy also makes several recommendations in relation to funding streams and supports that will be put in place by the government to deliver a publicly accessible charging network, council officials said.
However, Cllr Kelleher described the written response to his motion as “the most depressing answer” he had read in a long time.
He said rather than relying on hotels, the local authority should provide EV charging stations in the car park it owns and a minimum of 50 per cent of the spaces should be dedicated for that purpose within 12 to 18 months.
“Private companies will come in and do this at no cost to the local authority whatsoever,” he said.
Cllr Brendan Cronin also complained of a lack of charging stations in the town’s public car parks and he said it just isn’t good enough in a major tourist destination.
“This is an absolute necessity to accommodate people coming here in their electric vehicles,” he said.
Killarney Municipal District Manager Angela McAllen, said a pilot scheme has been implemented by Carlow County Council and the progress made there will be monitored.
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