Mayor Fleming performs first official duty

Released: 27 June 2008

In his first official function as Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Tom Fleming officially launched Kerry’s Blue Flag season on Rossbeigh Beach on Friday, June 27th.

Two weeks ago, Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, TD announced the national Blue Flag Awards, with Kerry retaining its 13 Blue Flags.

And on Friday, Mayor Fleming, along with County Manager, Tom Curran, and Director of Environmental Services, Anne Haugh, formally unveiled the 2008 Blue Flag in Rossbeigh, with the other 12 flags raised in beaches around Kerry’s coastline.

“It is a wonderful sight for locals and tourists to be able to visit a beach and see a Blue Flag flying over it,” the Mayor stated. “It’s a guarantee that the beach is of a very high standard, both in terms of water quality, and facilities. People from all over the world look at the Blue Flags and know what they stand for.”

The Mayor also paid tribute to the local communities whose assistance was vital in keeping the beaches at their Blue Flag standard. “The staff of Kerry County Council deserve huge credit for ensuring that the county’s beaches reach the very high standard necessary to gain a Blue Flag,” he said.

“However, the local communities also play their part, in helping to maintain these high standards, in ensuring that the beaches remain litter free, and also by keeping a close eye on any activities that may threaten our wonderful beaches.”


County Manager Tom Curran also paid tribute to the Council staff and the local communities, and pointed to the significant benefits the county enjoys from its beaches.

“For decades, tourists have been coming to this county to enjoy the beautiful scenery and clean environment, with the economy of the county greatly benefiting,” he said.

“While we spend a significant amount of money on keeping all our beaches at a very high standard, we consider it money very well spent, when you consider what we get in return in terms of tourist figures and the money they spend within the county.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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