Thursday 14 December 2017

Villagers find voice

US air service launch

A VILLAGE that has been described as "a little bit of utopia hiding on the Dingle Peninsula" was left out of the Wild Atlantic Way. But following a campaign by locals, it is now going to be added to a revised route.

Failte Ireland is expected to announce the inclusion of Cloghane/Brandon to the tourist driving route that stretches all the way from west Cork to Donegal. Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan said negotiations were at an advanced stage to include the Co Kerry beauty spot in the revised route.

AMERICAN Airlines has launched its seasonal service from Shannon to the US. The service, which runs until September 2, will complement additional US services from Shannon to Boston, Chicago, Newark and JFK New York this summer.

Philadelphia is also a significant addition to the scheduled service.

THE erection of a crucifix in Kerry County Council's newly refurbished chamber is going to be referred to the Equality Authority, following a complaint by Atheist Ireland.

Atheist Ireland says it believes hanging the cross in the council chamber does not comply with the law. In April, a motion by Fianna Fail councillor John Joe Culloty calling for a crucifix to be erected in the chamber was passed.

THE state seafood development agency has confirmed it is planning to go ahead with an organic salmon farm off the coast of Mayo.

The proposal for the 3.5-5k tonne per annum farm is the second of three 'deep-sea fish farms' announced by Bord Iascaigh Mhara in 2012. The Mayo project, along with Galway Bay and off-shore Donegal, is still in the early stages of development.

AN BORD Pleanala has overturned planning permission for two separate playgrounds in west Kerry. The planning authority has overturned permission granted by Kerry County Council for a playground in Castlegregory following a complaint by a group of local residents.

The local community council had been given the go ahead to demolish two derelict houses and build the new facility at Main Street but this decision was appealed by residents. Meanwhile, in Dingle, planning permission for a playground close to the pier was also overturned because of safety concerns.

Irish Independent

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