The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON BROUDER

KERRY County Coun­cil is hope­ful a so­lu­tion to the long run­ning row over Tralee’s taxi ranks can be found by the time Denny Street and The Mall re­open in Novem­ber.

Pro­pos­als about the lo­ca­tion of new ranks are cur­rently with the taxi reg­u­la­tion depart­ment of the Na­tional Trans­port Author­ity and, pend­ing its ap­proval, they will be put out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

This is ex­pected to hap­pen within weeks and once the con­sul­ta­tion process is com­plete a re­port will be pre­pared for the mem­bers of the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict (TMD) coun­cil.

KCC aims to have this re­port com­piled in time for the TMD meet­ing on Novem­ber 6 when it is hoped coun­cil­lors will rat­ify the pro­pos­als.

This would al­low the new ranks to come into ef­fect in time for the sched­uled re­open­ing of The Mall and Denny Street on Novem­ber 18.

Although the lo­ca­tions of the new ranks have not been fi­nalised, pro­posed sites in­clude Bridge Street and Shaws’ Lane, Cas­tle Street, Ed­ward Street, Abb­ey­court, The Abbey Car Park and a night-time-only rank on The Mall.

Mem­bers of the Tralee Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion, who refuse to use the Abb­ey­court rank, want a 24-hour rank on The Mall and a rank on Denny Street. While the as­so­ci­a­tion wel­comed the con­sul­ta­tion it is un­clear if all its mem­bers will abide by de­ci­sions based on it.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Rachel Hayes with her daugh­ter Kelly as she grad­u­ated at the Kerry Col­lege of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion Grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at the Bran­don Ho­tel.

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