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Former Direct Provision resident says it’s never too late to pursue third level education

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INSPIRING OTHERS: Former Direct Provision resident Rudo Chitseko hopes her BA achievement will inspire other adults to pursue third level education.

A former Direct Provision resident living in Killarney, who completed a BA degree, has pledged to give back to the community.

Rudo Chitseko hopes her BA achievement will inspire other adults who missed out on an opportunity to pursue third level education to consider signing up to a higher education programme.

Rudo studied for a BA in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development with An Cosán, Ireland’s largest provider of community education,

Originally from Zimbabwe she has lived in Ireland since 2015, and signed up to do a BA with An Cosán while she was living in Direct Provision.

An Cosán’s degree programmes run online, which means they can be undertaken from anywhere in the country. They are accredited by the Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow and Rudo was delighted to graduate at IT Carlow’s recent Lifelong Learning Conferring Ceremony, which saw 20 adult learners from six counties across Ireland graduate from An Cosán’s two BA programmes.

Rudo, who is now studying for a BA in Social Care with Munster Technological University, (MTU), was joined at the graduation by her two proud sisters Rufaro and Samantha.

Rudo says that she is a different person after completing the BA with An Cosán.

“I am a different person altogether from the person I was,” she said.

“My perspective on social issues, like addiction and community development, are different now. I have more understanding of the issues involved. I want to give back to the community by applying the skills I have learned with An Cosán.”

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Rudo says it was a challenge undertaking the degree course but that the extra supports offered by An Cosán made it easier.

“Blended learning was easy for me because I was able to work around the schedule and I was able to do other things, like look for a job,” she said. “There was financial support, academic support and counselling. The friendships, the people I met and the memories I made during my time with An Cosán will last a lifetime.”

Rudo encourages other adults who did not have the chance to complete second-level education or go on to third-level education to sign up to a course with An Cosán.

“I met people from all backgrounds who left school early or were recovering from different situations. Everything is possible. I am a living testament to that – I never thought I would graduate with a degree, but here I am. So, no matter what your situation, you can have another chance. There is always a way and An Cosán will be there to support you.”

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review By Sean Moriarty The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another […]

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review

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The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another 12 months.

The closure was revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last month and this week Kerry County Council has started its public consultation into the closure.

The town centre street was fully pedestrianised to allow food businesses to serve meals outside and to facilitate social distancing during COVID-19.

Other measures included the widening of footpaths on New St and High St.

The current temporary closing of roads order expires on December 31 but will now be extended to the same date next year.

The purpose of this new closure is to examine the success or failure of several measures that were brought in during the pandemic to allow social distancing on the town’s streets.

“This involved the creation of buildouts to accommodate Outdoor Dining and the creation of public realm areas, which the closure of Plunkett Street facilitated. Feedback from businesses in particular has been very positive, allowing enhanced offerings to the public who have also voiced their support for these developments in the town,” said Angela McAllen, Killarney Municipal District Manager, said at the November KMD meeting.

However, Cllr Donal Grady believes that several of these ‘buildouts’ need to be decommissioned as they are not being used for their designated purpose and are taking up car parking spaces in the town centre.

“Any place that is not being utilised needs to be turned back into parking spaces,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

He added that the lack of parking “is driving people out of town”.

Ms McAllen said the Council would look at what areas are being used to their full potential and their future will be decided during the latest closure’s term.

Town centre regeneration is set to commence next year under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

“The URDF town centre and street upgrade for Killarney was approved in September to proceed to planning and detailed design stage and allows for the consideration for potential inclusion of some of these measures in the wider development of the town centre,” she added.

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