€2.6 Million for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Kerry – Griffin A total of €2,606,000 has been allocated for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaption measures in Kerry, Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said the funding has been made available under the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus Plan and is part of the overall €115 million package for sustainable transport and the renewal of our transport infrastructure. Deputy Griffin said: “The Active Travel grant scheme is a very positive initiative which will see communities across Kerry benefiting from improved and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure as well as stimulating local employment. “The projects included – Kerry County Council Road Number Location Description of Works LA Allocation R551 Tralee Town Centre Extension of pedestrian zone at The Mall. € 400,000 R876 Killarney Town Centre Improvement and widening of pedestrian facilities at Rock road (eastern side), which is the primary access route from large housing developments at Ballydribeen (north of the Killarney By-Pass) to the schools on New Road Killarney. Will also improve linkage from bus park on Rock Road to schools. € 210,000 L-3905 Killarney Town New Cycleway connecting Muckross Road to Ross road – existing footpath on this section of Muckross Road is substandard and road widths restrict development of cycling facilities. € 450,000 L-6728 Tralee Town Centre Construction of new pedestrian and cycling facilities through Island of Geese site from the junction of the R874 (Matt Talbot Road) and Strand Street to the town centre. THis is the main access route from the Marina Bus and Car Park to the town centre. € 350,000 R876, L3902, L3910 Killarney Town Design of an interconnected network of cycleway in Killarney town € 150,000 Killarney Town Provision of Cycle Parking facilities € 20,000 L-4102 Dingle / Daingean Uí Chúis Town Centre Widen existing footpath on the Northern side of Strand Street where temporary bollards have been provided to ensure adequate social distancing. € 130,500 R-553 Listowel Town Centre Improved crossing facilities in towns and villages including raised surfaces, zebra crossings and signalised crossings on Charles Street € 20,000 L-2035 Castleisland Town Feasibility Study a & design of pedestrian facility on Barrack Street to provide safe access to amenities, where existing bridge is very narrow € 40,000 L-4052-15 Kenmare Town Provision of new or widened footpaths to link Housing Estates to schools and to promote active travel measures € 10,000 R-551 Ballybunion Town Provision of new or widened footpaths or cycle tracks. € 47,000 R-551 Ballylongford Town Design work in respect of the provision of a future pedestrian / cycle bridge to provide safe access across the river Aghanagran River in the centre of Ballylongford Village. € 20,000 WAW Ballyheigue & Ballybunion Provision of cycle parking facilities € 30,000 R569 Kilgarvan Village Extension of footpath for vulnerable pedestrians in a Care facility and to provide access to local sporting amenities € 30,000 Total 14 € 1,907,500 “A total of €698,500 is being made available for climate change adaptation measures under the Department’s regional and local road maintenance and renewal grant programme Circular RW 09/2020 – Climate Change Adaptation Allocations 2020 Kerry County Council Road Number Location Description of Works LA Allocation R569 Morley’s Bridge Remedial Works to road embankment € 40,000 L-7539 Gortnamackanee, Waterville (Glenmore Road) A full bridge replacement is required on this road due to the existing structure collapsing as a result of the floods of 29th / 30th July 2020. € 20,000 L3024 Gort Road, Kilgarvan Replacement of Bridge damaged by flash flood on 15th August 2015 € 100,000 L-1023 Kilmorna Bridge Works at bridges to take account of increased hydraulic loads causing scour damage and undermining the bridge structure € 75,000 L-1021 Knockanure Works at bridges to take account of increased hydraulic loads causing scour damage and undermining the bridge structure € 60,000 R551 Dromkeen Bridge, Causeway Works at bridges to take account of increased hydraulic loads causing scour damage and undermining the bridge structure € 20,000 L11185 Gortlahard Road Remedial Works to road € 37,500 L11186 Coomoughla Road Remedial Works to Road € 75,000 L8036 Lispole Remedial works, the road was significantly damaged by severe weather events in August 2020. € 60,000 L3024 – 43 Inchees Road Remedial Works to Road € 50,000 L-10483 Carrahane, Ardfert, Tralee Repair Works; Sluice and embankment damaged during Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis in February 2020. Embankment protects residential property and extensive road network. Roads have been subject to prolonged and frequent flooding, impacting on access to Ballyheighue and surrounding area. € 80,000 L-4059-0 Ardea Tousist Remedial works where roads have been significantly damaged by recent severe weather events € 4,500 L-7050 Gortahoosh, Killarney Altering the level of the road to mitigate flooding and reduce road closure frequency € 30,000 R551/ L10583 Castlecountess, Tralee Works: Replacement of 2 (of 3) submersible pumps located along the main stormwater main serving the Castlecountess, Princes Quay area. € 41,500 L-3025 Flynns Forge, Killarney Preventative works such as drainage works to prevent flooding € 5,000 Total 15 € 698,500 “The recent severe weather has again highlighted the challenges presented by climate change on our road infrastructure. The Climate Change Adaptation grants now being provided will help Kerry County Council to deal with the essential repairs needed in the aftermath of the severe weather but also to take steps towards making their road networks more resilient in the longer term. Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton TD, said: “Families and businesses in our villages, towns and cities right across the country will benefit from these important ‘shovel ready’ projects as soon as November this year. The funding being announced today will go a long way in facilitating a secure environment for our children in their daily commute to school as part of our work on the Safe Routes to School initiative.” ENDS For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

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€69,000 for Institute of Technology Tralee to support students’ mental health and wellbeing – Griffin €69,000 has been allocated by the Government to the Institute of Technology Tralee to support students’ mental health and wellbeing, Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin was speaking after Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science, Simon Harris, announced a national package of €5 million to support students’ wellbeing and mental health. Deputy Griffin said: “This significant funding for IT Tralee confirmed to me today by Minister Harris, comes at a time of great urgency around student support and re-opening planning for the next academic year.” The funding will be used to • Recruit additional Student Counsellors; • Recruit additional Assistant Psychologists; • Implementation of the Framework for Consent in HEIs; Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive: Ending Sexual Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions; • Implementation of the soon to be published National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework. Deputy Griffin continued: “Mental health is probably the number one health issue for young people in Ireland today. The concerns and worries of young people around their mental health have been compounded by the isolation and uncertainly brought forward by the COVID-19 Pandemic. “For students, the college experience has been different this year from ever before. Students have had to adjust to remote learning and carried out without face to face support from their college or their peers. “For these reasons, Minister Harris has prioritised funding to support student counselling services, key mental health interventions and the provision of a safe, respectful, supportive and positive environment in our higher education institutions. “This important funding for Tralee IT will really help support students as they return to college in this Covid world.” Commenting on the announcement, Minister Harris said: “This additional support is a welcome boost to a higher education sector that enrols in the region of 55,000 new students each year. These young and not-so-young students engage in higher education at a sometimes-challenging time of change and progression in their lives. This is a sizeable proportion of our population, and while our health and community services work to support everyone, there can be environmentally specific or transitional issues that arise for both current and new students in higher education.” ENDS For further details please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

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2 housing estates in Kerry will benefit from €401,588 in funding for water services – Griffin 2 housing estates in Kerry will benefit from €401,588 in funding for water services, Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said: “The Multi-Annual Developer Provided Water Services Infrastructure Resolution Programme is focused on housing estates which are not taken-in-charge by Kerry County Council and do not have their water services connected to the public water services network. These estates have relying on infrastructure, often temporary in nature, which was provided by developers. “With €401,588 of investment, 2 housing estates in Killarney will benefit from this capital investment programme. They are Old Killarney Village and Birch Hill Estates in Killarney “This funding will benefit many families in Kerry who have been relying on substandard developer provided wastewater or drinking water treatment plants. “Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien has confirmed that the focus of this first multi annual programme is on estates in towns and villages where the resolution is to connect their water services to the public networks. The programme will also support a number of pilot projects where connection is not feasible in the immediate future. These pilot projects, together with a major study to be undertaken by Irish Water, will inform future policy on resolving sub-standard developer provided infrastructure in such areas. “The Department is also re-engaging with local authorities to see if there are additional estates which could be connected to the public network, and which could be included within the programme. “The allocation of this funding marks the first step in the taking-in-charge of these estates by Kerry County Council and so the work is due to take place as speedily as possible.” ENDS For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841 Table 1 – DPI projects/estates funded under the Multi-Annual Programme County Estate Name Location Estimated Cost (€) Approved Funding (€) Kerry Birch Hill Killarney 205,479 154,109 Kerry Old Killarney Village Killarney 329,972 247,479