Council rejects jarveys’ call for safety inspections

A CALL for an annual inspection of horse-drawn carriages and harness used by Killarney jarveys has been rejected by the local town council.

In a submission to the council on new jarvey bylaws, Killarney Jarveys Association chairman Pat O’Sullivan suggested a coach-builder, or jarvey inspector, carry out inspections for safety reasons.

But, when the issue came before a Killarney Town Council meeting, town clerk Michael O’Leary said the council had been legally advised previously about implications in relation to liability and insurance.

“If you do this, you are getting involved in the operation of a business. Health and safety legislation also comes into this,” he advised councillors.

The council, the licensing authority for jarveys, adopted the bylaws following a period of public consultation. Under the bylaws, all horse-drawn carriages in Killarney must be fitted with suitable dung catchers.

The jarveys have been using dung catchers since the summer. They had been refusing to comply with a directive from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to use devices in Killarney National Park but lost a High Court case against the state agency in May.

Since then, a partnership has been formed to improve the image of the town’s jarvey trade and the service it provides to tourists.

Fifteen jarveys are members of Killarney Horse and Carriage Tours and wear distinctive clothing of the same colour, all with a logo.

Independent councillor Niall O’Callaghan praised the jarveys involved, saying they were making a huge effort to enhance the image of the trade.

The use of dung catchers have greatly contributed to the cleanliness of Killarney, said the council.


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