Council urged to act on key buildings

A CALL was made yesterday for more progress in the use of two key buildings in Killarney by the local town council.

The Franciscan friars announced earlier this year they were handing over their hall, Áras Phádraig, to the council, for the use of the community, but Labour town councillor Seán Counihan is concerned about delays in progressing its transfer to the council.

Also, more than four years ago, the council purchased the former Pretty Polly site, a prime industrial location in Killarney, but nothing has since happened with the site, he added.

Voluntary bodies in Killarney have had use of Áras Phádraig for many years, but there has to be vacant possession before the building can be legally handed over.

With the exception of Killarney Judo Club, all the organisations vacated the hall, last summer, on the understanding they would be back in there by September.

The judo club no longer trains in the hall but has left its equipment there, claiming it has no agreement in relation to its future use of the hall.

Mr Counihan is nowurging the council ‘to bridge the impasse’ in order to allow the take over of Áras Phádraig to go through.

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