Confusion reigns over emergency procedures

Work in progress clearing the landslide at Mountain Stage
Work in progress clearing the landslide at Mountain Stage

Donal Nolan

CONFUSION reigned over correct emergency traffic procedures following a massive landslide that saw motorists diverted into gridlock on a narrow mountain pass.

Motorists were stuck for hours on the Ballaghasheen Pass between Cahersiveen and Glencar when they were diverted over it by gardaí as part of the emergency response to the landslide.

Gardaí and Kerry County Council have given conflicting accounts of the procedure in place for emergencies on the Ring of Kerry.

Acting Director of Roads at Kerry County Council Ger McNamara said that traffic should have been diverted back along the Ring - as set out under earlier traffic emergency discussions for the Ring of Kerry with gardaí.

Killarney Superintendent Flor Murphy however told The Kerryman that gardaí were left with no alternative but to direct traffic over the Pass and did so in agreement with Kerry County Council.

"In our discussions with gardaí for emergency situations on the Ring of Kerry it was agreed to divert traffic back along the Ring, not over narrow passes like Ballaghasheen Pass," Mr McNamara explained.

Supt Murphy said there was little choice of route in diverting traffic. "It was not the preferred route but we had little choice in dealing with the situation," he said.


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