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Tralee makes bid to become first city of the Kingdom

Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30

Town mayor Thomas McEllistrim
Town mayor Thomas McEllistrim

The Kingdom could be in line for its first city, as Tralee prepares to make a formal bid for city status.

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The county town of Kerry is eyeing city status as a way to attract tourism and investment.

Town mayor Thomas McEllistrim said city status for Tralee was one of his priorities when elected to the role.

A formal motion seeking city designation will be put before the Municipal District of Tralee meeting on Monday. There is strong local support for the idea, with the Fianna Fáil mayor arguing that Kilkenny already enjoys city status. "On population grounds alone, why shouldn't Tralee be designated a city?" he asked.

Kilkenny has a population of 24,000 while Tralee is home to 22,000 people.

The move for city status for Tralee would require legislation. Local Government Legislative Acts set out which are city councils and which are county councils.

Irish Independent

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