Local anguish over damage to building

Former Counihan's Travel building.
Former Counihan's Travel building.

EXTENSIVE rainfall in recent weeks has accelerated damage to a Killarney town centre building which is now feared to be in critical danger of collapse.

The High Street premises had formerly housed Counihan Travel Agency and was boarded off last year following several complaints to Killarney Town Council. Despite a temporary walkway being installed, locals say they are concerned that this simply won't be enough to prevent injury if the building collapses.

"There are serious cracks and I worry every time I pass it, in fact I walk on the other side of the street now," one caller stated.

In May last year, Killarney Town Manager John Breen said there was no danger to the public from the building and the owners were being contacted but the situation has dramatically deteriorated in recent weeks.

A spokesperson for the council this week said that the local authority had been in contact with the owners' engineer before Christmas and work was expected to commence in the next two weeks.

The issue was raised at last week's town council meeting by Cllr Donal Grady who said that immediate action needed to be taken while Cllr Sean Counihan said the situation was atrocious.