By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District (KMD) and senior Kerry County Council (KCC) officials were told of a potential fire risk at Knockanes National School as a result of poor water pressure in the area.

A deputation of local residents, representing 90 households and over 20 farms in the Brewsterfield area of Headford, attended an online meeting of KMD on Wednesday.

The deputation, led by Cllr Niall Kelleher, who also lives in the area, raised concerns over the water pressure there.

Despite several different attempts, including a connection from the Barraduff mains, water pressure remains an issue, especially during the dry summer months and the recent heavy frosts.

Leonard Moran, a local resident who is also on the Board of Management of the local school, raised several concerns including hygiene issues and the lack of water pressure at a nearby fire hydrant.

“At busy times, after a break, the kids use the bathroom and the toilet stops working,” Mr Moran told the meeting. “In the event of a fire, have we sufficient water in the place?”

Cllr Grady moved to dispel fire fears, the former Killarney Fire Brigade officer promised to get his fire station colleagues to examine the hydrant.

“It will put people at ease, we will arrange that through Killarney Municipal District,” said O’Grady.

Kerry County Council said it would not be possible for Kerry County Council or Irish Water to include the area in a full water scheme upgrade.

Engineer Colm Mangan said when he crossed-referenced Irish Water’s criteria for a full upgrade the area did not meet the high priority requirements. This is despite the area being on a high priority list 12 years ago when €350,000 was allocated, but that was kicked down the road as a result of the recession some years later.

In the interim, Mr Mangan said he would install a new pump in an area known locally as Dohertys.

“We can put in the pump in the coming months,” he said.