Applications flood in for a single Killarney jarvey licence
First to have been publicly advertised in generations
Dozens of applications have been received for a single Killarney jarvey licence - the first hackney horse and carriage licence to have been publicly advertised in generations.
The successful applicant will be drawn by lot – such is the level of interest in the traditional Killarney trade.
Some 66 applications have been deemed “valid” and the opportunity to drive a horse and carriage for hire to Ross Castle and down by Lough Léin for an annual licence fee of €65 will be offered to the first name drawn out of a metaphorical hat.
“Expressions of interest” were invited in December for the coveted licence, after moves at local council meetings to have the horse drawn carriage licence kept within traditional jarvey families failed.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae in particular urged that families with a sense of horses -those families familiar with horses and with experience of working with them – should have priority.
This was rejected as 2010 bye laws, which sparked controversy because of their insistence on dung devices for the horses, say jarvey licences are non-transferrable and there was also a question of competition law and that the opportunity should be open to all citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA)
The single licence is one of just 37 Killarney town jarvey licences.
Recent Moves by jarvey companies, including legal action to increase the number of licences to meet demand, have so far failed.