Star Wars prompts car park­ing call

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

KERRY County Coun­cil (KCC) has said it will look into ac­quir­ing ad­di­tional land in Port­magee for car park­ing and play­ground fa­cil­i­ties should a plot of land be­come avail­able for pur­chase.

That was the mes­sage to Coun­cil­lor Michael Cahill, who called on KCC to ac­quire a site ad­ja­cent to Port­magee that would be suit­able for such a project.

“The Coun­cil should take into con­sid­er­a­tion the huge suc­cess of Star Wars, the large num­ber of visi­tors to Skel­lig Michael, and the phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess of the Wild At­lantic Way by ac­quir­ing a suit­able site as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity,” the Fianna Fáil Coun­cil­lor said.

He called for “much needed ad­di­tional car park­ing and a play­ground as a mat­ter of ex­treme ur­gency for the lo- cal com­mu­nity and the huge crowds that visit the area”.

How­ever, while the lo­cal author­ity’s Se­nior En­gi­neer Padraic Tea­han said the Coun­cil was pre­pared to ex­am­ine the pos­si­bil­ity, he added that KCC does not have cur­rently have the means to fund a de­vel­op­ment in­cor­po­rat­ing both, par­tic­u­larly its car park el­e­ment.

Cllr Michael Cahill

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