The need for a fire station for Kenmare has been ongoing for more than 40 years, and this week Kerry County Council said it still doesn’t have a suitable site, despite conceding that a new station is needed.
erry County Council also said it would be some time before any steps would be taken to address the issue as a full review of all fire facilities is underway.
The council had promised a new fire station as far back as the 1980s but has been unsuccessful in its attempts to bring that vision to fruition.
The council has repeatedly stated, in response to requests from councillors about plans for a new fire station, that sourcing a suitable site has proved difficult, and this remains the situation.
Cllr Dan McCarthy sought the most recent update for the fire station, but in the past 40 years there have been motions from many Councillors.
Currently Kenmare Fire Station is based at Gortamullen but the council has stated that this is not a suitable location. The local authority is currently examining all 10 of the county’s fires stations to ascertain areas that need to be addressed, but COVID-19 is having an impact on this process.
“Our initial investigations suggest that the currently available site may not be suitable, and an alternative site may need to be sought.
“We agree that a new fire station is needed in Kenmare and we would like to provide this in the most suitable location for the town,” management said. Suggestions for a site include the new relief road (the Pat O’Connor-Scarteen Road).