Killarney studies skills track plan for young drivers

A RESEARCH group is being set up in Killarney to look into the possibility of providing a “skills track” for young drivers.

The promoter of the idea, local Labour Councillor Sean O’Grady, said the multi-purpose track should also provide facilities for learner drivers, for whom times could be set aside.

Growing concerns are being voiced about the activities of boy racers in the Killarney area.

Hundreds of young drivers in modified cars descended on the town during the Rally of Lakes in May, resulting in protests from people in housing estates who could not sleep at night because of the noise from revved-up engines.

Thirty people attended a public meeting called by Mr O’Grady in Killarney on Tuesday night.

“The initial purpose of the meeting was to determine if there was enough interest in providing a track in the area, and many people believe this is something that should be seriously examined,” he said. “This is also a project that private investors and entrepreneurs might get involved in.

“I believe a place should be provided where young people interested in motor sport can enjoy their sport in a controlled environment, without the fear of being chased from post to pillar.”

Mr O’Grady said the research group would look into all aspects of the proposal, including funding, insurance and a feasibility study. The research group is to report back in November.

There are continuing complaints, meanwhile, about the activities of boy racers who can be heard late at night, or in the early hours, on roads around Killarney especially in the Muckross area.

Former Killarney mayor Sheila Casey called for legislation to deal with boy racers after a large number of complaints locally.

“The law definitely needs to be updated as the gardaí don’t have enough power at the moment to deal with what is a growing problem.”

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