WARNING: Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson is warning that the walls at Kingsbridge could become unstable if urgent work isn’t completed. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

EXCLUSIVE

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

The Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson is calling on the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to clarify the legal ownership of Kingsbridge amid fears that sediment in the River Deenagh may lead to excessive corrosion in the area.

 

Kingsbridge, situated at the bottom of Mission Road, directly across from St Mary’s Cathedral, is one of the main entry points to Killarney National Park.

 

In recent years sediment has been gathering on the northern banks of the Deenagh and is effecting the free-flow of the river. A wall on the southern side is subject to increased erosion and there are fears the wall could weaken or even collapse unless the sediment bank is removed. The sediment bank is also becoming an eyesore and is has become a gathering point for loose litter.

 

Kerry County Council is willing to do the work subject to permission from the NPWS.

 

The Council officials confirmed that they have spoken to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and that body has no objection to the work being carried out.

 

However, neither body can do work in NPWS property without permission from the Park’s body. So far both the Council and IFI have be unable to secure the permit and neither have been able to confirm who actually owns the land where the problem exists. It is not clear either who should take on the job of clearing the sediment.

 

“I am calling on the NPWS to clarify the legal situation in relation to responsibility of the upkeep of the river,” Mayor Gleeson told the Killarney Advertiser this week. “It is pushing the water to the southern side of the river, and is undermining the wall there. There is the added problem, that should the wall collapse, there will be expenses incurred to restore it.”