Massive Funding Boost for Kerry Over €32 MILLION for Tralee & Killarney. Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry Deputy Government Chief Whip Friday, March 19th, 2021 Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, is this morning (Friday) welcoming a massive funding injection of over €32 million for Tralee and Killarney. Allocated under the “Urban Regeneration and Development Fund” (URDF) for large urban areas by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, close to €16 million each will be available to Tralee and Killarney to progress a number of projects in both town centres. In Tralee – €15.93 million will go towards “Positioning Tralee as a Regional Economic Driver & Destination Town”. The funding will continue the work on Rock Street, Russell Street and Bridge Street and will result in the primary streets of the central area being finished to a high standard. The public realm will link the major retail areas of the Mall, Castle Street and Lower Rock Street to the Island of Geese, and strengthen the links to the Town Park through St John’s Church Plaza. The funding will also develop Tralee’s Market Quarter to create an attractive link to the recently upgraded Ashe Hotel and the multi-storey carpark to the Mall. Significant opportunities exist for unlocking the potential for both residential and commercial development in vacant and derelict areas. It will also see the redevelopment of the Austin Stack Park Plaza, including the road layout to create a ‘landmark’ entry point to the town centre, celebrating the town’s rich sporting history. The funding will also be available for strategic site assembly of key areas to address dereliction in the town core and to develop multi-purpose community space on the Island of Geese site. The funding may also be used to carry out a feasibility study to explore the development of an Innovation District and to develop a Master Plan for the John Joe Sheehy Road area as well as facilitating the detailed design and planning of an all-weather performance/civic space. In Killarney, €16.06 million will go towards “Destination Killarney”. This project seeks to mirror the world-class natural environment that is Killarney National Park with an exceptional urban experience that sets Killarney apart as a tourism destination through a series of interrelated transport and public realm improvements and a traffic management strategy that removes passing traffic from the urban core. The funding will go towards: • Regeneration of the Áras Phádraig site to provide a community centred, cultural hub including a theatre, with additional parking to support the compact growth of the town and the integration of its community. It will also create a public amenity space for the promotion of community and will enhance the Arts/Cultural Heritage Experience. • Enhancing and Extending the “Authentic” Killarney Offer – development and promotion of Killarney’s local craft through the designation of the Glebe Craft quarter in the town centre; enhancement of the arts/cultural heritage experience through development of the Áras Phádraig site, with improved links to the recently redeveloped Anam Building and Killarney House. • Public Realm improvements at Beech Road, College Street and New Street/High Street, to leverage the visitor potential of the natural and built heritage and the uniqueness of the ‘town in the park’ proposition. Deputy Griffin says the funding is a hugely welcome addition to public money already invested in Tralee and Killarney in recent years but that the scale of this Government investment is of major significance. Deputy Griffin raised the URDF applications by Tralee and Killarney in the Dáil last week with the Taoiseach and Tánaiste and emphasised the necessity for both towns to receive funding due to the scale of the economic impact of Covid on Kerry. At the time, the Tánaiste indicated that only one application might receive funding. Deputy Griffin subsequently raised the matter with Minister of State in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Peter Burke, and again pressed the case hard for funding for both towns rather than just one. Today, Deputy Griffin paid tribute to Kerry County Council officials and business organisations in Tralee and Killarney for their work on the applications to Government and for their vision for the future of Kerry’s two largest towns. He said that the funding is welcome at a time of terrible loss and challenge for the people of Kerry and hopes it will help in a significant way to rebuild the economy of Kerry in the post-Covid era. ENDS Further information from Brendan on 0858892939 URDF funding for Kerry County Council to date: The €32 million in approved funding is in addition to €3.71 million in approved URDF funding for three ‘Call 1’ projects: ‘Phase I Tralee Town Centre – Rock Street, Russell Street and Bridge Street’; ‘Smarter Travel Killarney (Link & Public Realm)’; and ‘Áras Phádraig Masterplan’. Total URDF funding approved to date: €35.72 million

Funding Injection for 2 Kerry Trails • Welcome funding of €400K for Dingle Way upgrade to Cloghane & Extension of Ballyseedy Trail Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry Thursday, March 4th, 2021 Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, is this morning (Thursday) welcoming a Government funding injection of €400,000 for two Kerry walking trails. Allocated under Strand 2 of the “Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme” (ORIS) by the Department of Social Protection and Rural Affairs, €200,000 of the funding will go towards upgrading the Dingle Way at Más an Tiompáin, Cloghane, and €200,000 will go towards connecting the Ballyseedy Amenity Trail with a new walk by the River Lee in Tralee. Deputy Griffin says the funding is very important to the continued success of both trails and is a welcome addition to money already invested by the Government in numerous trails and greenways in Kerry during his years in the Department of Tourism. In a debate in the Dáil in December with Minister for Rural Affairs, Heather Humphreys, Deputy Griffin raised the importance of continued funding for Kerry under the ORIS Scheme and highlighted the cumulative impact of regular funding injections for rural areas from this and other schemes such as Clár, Town & Village, Rural Regeneration and Leader. Deputy Griffin says he will continue to lobby on behalf of all Kerry walking and cycling infrastructure applications for funding from Central Government and believes that further investment in Kerry will provide numerous benefits for local communities and the exchequer. ENDS