Green­way project sparks words be­tween coun­cil­lors

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

CLLR Michael Cahill has crit­i­cised Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae over com­ments made by the Kil­gar­van coun­cil­lor over the Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­der (CPO) process un­der­taken by Kerry County Coun­cil to progress the con­tro­ver­sial South Kerry Green­way project.

Cllr Healy-Rae re­it­er­ated his views on the process at last week’s South and West Meet­ing dur­ing a dis­cus­sion on the need for this project.

Cllr Healy-Rae said “it was very dis­ap­point­ing” that the CPO process was un­der­taken by the coun­cil and that he fears that be­cause of this it will be de­layed for years.

He said he would not vote for the CPO to­day and he had not done so in 2016.

“There was good­will to­wards the project, but once the CPO was an­nounced, it got peo­ple’s backs up. There were un­der 10 ob­jec­tors at one stage, and it could have been sorted out. It is dis­ap­point­ing that we have two sides now,” he said.

Cllr Cahill, how­ever, said that the CPO was vi­tal as there could never be “100 per cent agree­ment”, and he added that Cllr Healy-Rae knows this. He said that the project was a “life-line” for South Kerry and that it is vi­tal the project gets over the line.

The green­way is lauded as one of the key pro­jects to help re­ju­ve­nate the town of Cahersiveen and Iver­agh.

But Cllr Mike O’Shea crit­i­cised the IFA over its in­volve­ment in the project and said that it was “ap­palling” that the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion got in­volved. “They have got­ten in­volved and are block­ing this,” he claimed.

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