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Sunday 18 March 2018

Killarney fire: Firefighters work long into night to contain blaze

An Air Corps AW139 helicopter complete with
An Air Corps AW139 helicopter complete with "bambi" bucket carrying 1000 litres of water, was tasked to assist with the efforts to minimise fire damage to Killarney National Park, Kerry. (Stock photo from Donegal in 2011)
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

FIREfighters struggled long into the night to try to contain the biggest fire to ever take hold in Killarney National Park.

Up to 20 members of the Kerry Fire and Rescue Service remained on the mountain in the Cores area, very near the tunnel on the Old Kenmare Road battling the flames that threatened thousands of acres that included native woodland and the wildlife that inhabits the area.

The Air Corps AW139 helicopter assisted efforts to quench the blaze by water bombing the area.

It is now believed the fire was started in the Kilgarvan area and spread over the mountains.

Kerry County Council also warned that some homes were at risk.

The council also appealed to land and commonage owners to exercise extreme caution with fire.

"Human lives are being put at unintended risk," the spokesman added.

The burning of gorse is illegal at this time of year.

DAA pension backed

MEMBERS of trade union Impact at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have overwhelmingly backed a revised pension proposal after rejecting a previous plan in December.

Siptu did not confirm last night whether its members had backed the deal. But the threat of industrial action at the DAA that could have affected holidaymakers has now significantly receded.

Aer Lingus staff have already signed up to an agreement that saw the airline pay out almost €192m to help establish a new defined contribution plan for staff.

A Government-backed expert panel recommended last year that the DAA set aside about €57m to help kick-start the new defined contribution pension scheme for its staff.

English school closes

MORE than 200 international students have been affected by the closure of the 13th private college in the last 12 months.

The Carlyle Institute, which is located on Dublin's Grafton Street, posted a statement on its website in which it announced it was closing with immediate effect due to "adverse trading conditions".

It said that it was working with the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) to support all affected students.

ICOS, which lobbies for the rights of all international students in Ireland, said concerned students have been making contact.

An information meeting is due to be held in the Teachers Club in Parnell Square West at 2pm on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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