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Thursday 20 July 2017

Road slippage cuts off 17 homes in aftermath of last weekend’s heavy rain

The slippage occurred on Cliff road near Rossbeigh beach on Sunday night.
The slippage occurred on Cliff road near Rossbeigh beach on Sunday night.
The slippage occurred on Cliff road near Rossbeigh beach on Sunday night.

Geraldine Gittens

Residents in some 17 homes in Kerry have been cut off after a road slippage occurred in the aftermath of last weekend’s heavy rain.

The slippage occurred on Cliff road near Rossbeigh beach on Sunday night.

Local representative Michael Cahill said both young and elderly residents are stranded in their homes.

“It’s a huge problem. There are 15 houses and a mobile home there, half the people are residents and half are holiday homes which are used very regularly. There are young families, elderly, school-going kids and people who are sick,” he told independent.ie.

“It’s going to be very, very difficult to resolve. There’s a very high cliff there and there’s a mountain behind it, so any new road or new option, the work would have to take place at three locations which are very steep.”

“By driving there you’re really taking your life into your own hands.”

The same spot was affected by a landslide earlier this year already. The cliff is at least 100 feet high, and it’s made of clay, he said.

“It’s not the first time there’s been slippages here… there are three problems in that you have rainfall, tidal erosion and also hard frost.”

“There are options to fix it. One would be to rock armour from below up which would be the most expensive of all.”

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