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Mosque plan stalled over call to prayer

Anne Lucey

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Planning permission for a mosque in Tralee has been delayed by questions over a call to prayer public address system
Planning permission for a mosque in Tralee has been delayed by questions over a call to prayer public address system

A decision on permission for a full mosque in Tralee has been stalled pending confirmation if a call to prayer public address system is to be installed in the 23-metre high minaret attached to the mosque.

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The application, which is the second in recent years, was lodged with Kerry Council on behalf of the Kerry Islamic Cultural Centre in April.

The proposal concerns a 2.24 acre site in a business park at Killerisk, on the eastern edge of Tralee.

The mosque will have an 18- metre high dome, 23.6-metre high minaret, parapets and assembly hall. It is primarily to act as a prayer centre for the local community, but accommodation for visitors is also proposed.

A previous application, last year, was refused primarily on the grounds of traffic concerns.

There are few footpaths and there will be a need to re-align the road if permission is granted.

The application says daily prayers begin at 4.30am and end at 10pm.

Council planners are now requesting further information, particularly on the possibility that calling to prayer is to take place from a public address system. The council planners are also informing the applicants they may need written consent from adjoining landowners and householders for the development to go ahead, a planning spokesperson said yesterday.

A number of houses are likely to be overlooked.

"A decision is on hold pending further information on around nine different areas," a spokesperson said.

Irish Independent

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