JOB HALF DONE: Cllr Donal Grady pictured with his son Martin showing the half cut grass at Ardshanavooley this week. Photo: Michelle Crean


By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney councillor is calling for the Municipal District to do a proper job of cutting grass in local housing estates and not to leave the job half done.

Cllr Grady, while welcoming the return of the town’s outdoor staff to grass maintenance on Council property, says he is at odds with their decision to cut just half of it.

Outdoor crews returned to housing estates like Ardshanavooly this week but left large strips of uncut grass alongside sections that were fully mowed.

Grady is concerned that children playing in the long grass will be exposed to rodents like rats and insects like ticks, and that the town could lose points in the annual TidyTowns competitions as a result of the unfinished work.

“The grass cutting has commenced again which is greatly welcomed but there seems to be a strip of long uncut grass in areas. I totally understand we have to think about pollination regarding bees and other wildlife and that’s very important,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I can’t see the reason for not finishing the job as we always have done. I see this as nothing else but an excuse to cut corners. Longer grass in these recreation areas will pose a greater risk for ticks and are an ideal home for rodents such as rats and mice. Next year when we are looking for points for TidyTowns will we be leaving green areas as unsightly as this?”