Make your voice heard

An online petition has been set up to call on Kerry County Council to make the Tralee to Fenit Greenway a priority, please sign and share.

Cyclists are being killed on a weekly basis in Ireland as our roads are not safe. The Tralee‐Fenit Greenway should be a big priority for the Kerry County Council so families, kids, adults, locals and visitors can enjoy a safe place to walk and cycle.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Kerry_County_Council_TraleeFenit_Greenway_A_Safe_Place_for_Everyone_to_Cycle/

 

Millions of euro and hundreds of jobs are being lost because this isn’t being built

If there was a factory of 80 or 100 jobs created in Tralee or Fenit politicians would be jumping up and down saying isn’t it great and everything etc. But you know it’s time to step up to the mark because obviously there are issues that need to be sorted but millions and millions and millions or euro and hundreds of jobs are being lost because this isn’t being built…

Well said Alan Kelly we couldn’t have put it better ourselves !

http://www.radiokerry.ie/former-minister-says-south-kerry-greenway-one-best-western-europe/

 

 

 

 

Minister Ross’s mixed messages on funding.

The lack of progress on the Tralee to Fenit Greenway was raised in the Dail by John Brassil with a parliamentary question to Shane Ross regarding funding for the stalled Tralee to Fenit Greenway.

Minister Ross’s response was disappointing in that he stated that there would be no funding calls for Greenway in the immediate future.

Kerry Cycling Campaign were quick to point out that just a week later Minister Ross contradicted this information saying that Greenway funding would be announced later in the year.

We await clarification but hopefully the later is the case.

I said hey, what’s going on?

Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

In the words of 90’s one-hit wonders 4 Non Blondes, what’s going on?

25 years ago this week Kerry County Council agreed to buy the North Kerry railways from CIE in order to develop it as a tourist amenity for the region we previously posted an article from the Kerry’s Eye reporting on the developments.

The Down through the years section of this week’s Kerryman features a related article from it’s archive, published 25 years ago his week !

Drive to buy railway line 1991

If you are looking for an update on the project, well Kerry County Council are still in the process of completing the purchase !

Meeting with the CEO and senior engineer of Kerry County Council

Earlier this week (June 28th) representatives of the Friends of the Tralee – Fenit Greenway met with the CEO and senior engineer of Kerry County Council.

Mike o Neill thanked Ms Murrell for meeting the delegation and asked that an update
would be given on the current status of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway. He explained that
this project had been the subject of negotiation over a long period of time and there was
deep frustration at the seeming lack of progress and the many promises which for one
reason or another were never realised.
Ms. Murrell outlined that the Greenways were a priority and that they understood the
value of such projects. She explained that they had sought funding for the Tralee/Fenit
and the South Kerry Greenways and they had been granted aid for the South Kerry
project. They had therefore allocated their resources to that project. They do not have
the resources to tackle both projects but they should become available before the end of
this year and they would then allocate them to the Tralee/Fenit project.
Secondly. There was a problem with ownership of the land as Irish rail wanted the
council to absorb the cost of ducting the Fenit and North Kerry lines at a cost of a
million plus euro. This could not be agreed to as it would have caused problems when
funding was later sought for these projects.
However this matter was now resolved and the council is now satisfied that they now
own the land. This will now allow them to apply for planning and do an EiS, which may
be necessary. They will do this as soon as the resources become available, which should
be before the end of this year. In the meantime they will survey the land.
Thirdly. In order to secure funding for the project, it will be listed as a priority in their
action programme due to be launched in July and they will apply for funding from the
newly launched Failte Ireland funding for larger projects. They confirm that it is suitable
project for such funding. Should that not be successful there is another avenue which
will be pursued.
Ms. Murrell and Mr Sheehy assured the delegation that Tralee/Fenit Greenway and Fenit
itself were priority projects and they were positive that they would be delivered

Waterford show us what’s possible in a year !

The Dungarvan Leader (24/2/16)
The Dungarvan Leader (24/2/16)

The  Dungarvan Leader report this week that the entire 50km from Waterford to Dungarvan along the CIÉ owned railway will be converted into a Greenway by late summer. This is just over a year since Waterford City & County Council began works on the route which is licensed to them by CIÉ.

This clearly shows the time-line in which projects like this are deliverable within, meanwhile in Kerry we see no developments on similar state owned lines between Tralee and Fenit and on to the Kerry border.