Warning of ‘utter bedlam’ in tourist town rejected by Killarney manager

A claim that there will be “utter bedlam’’ in a top tourist town during the summer following the abolition of the town council has been rejected by a senior manager.

Independent Cllr Niall O’Callaghan made the claim at this week’s meeting of Killarney Town Council and said there was no plan for some kind of replacement structure.

“There will be utter bedlam in June, July and August if some structure isn’t in place,’’ he warned. “Another question is what is going to happen our council staff.’’

However, council manager John Breen said it was “absolutely wrong’’ to state there was no plan. He said an extensive amount of work had been taking place in the background and he would outline plans at the April meeting.

“The Local Government Reform Act is a hugely different way of delivering services and this has to be put into effect,’’ Mr Breen said.

It is understood Killarney town will become part of a new electoral area which will include a wider rural hinterland in east Kerry for local authority services.

Councillors, however, voiced concerns about issues such as housing, rubbish collection and services currently provided by the town council.

Independent Cllr Sean O’Grady, who said the council’s abolition wouldbe “excrutiatingly painful’’ for the people of Killarney, proposed that the county manager be asked to appoint administrative staff to look after the town.

The meeting also heard concerns about unauthorised burning of waste in some Killarney housing estates.

Council management is to investigate.

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