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“A bureaucratic hold up compromising the welfare of a vulnerable child” Daly

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Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, has condemned a continuing delay in providing a hoist to a Killarney based family for their daughter, Alexis O’Mahony.

Daly said:

“Alexis suffers from a pyruvate dehydrogenase, PDH, deficiency and she has a brain injury. She has cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, visual impairment, a subluxation of her hip and is at high risk of aspiration. Alexis needs constant care from her family, including constant turning and daily washing to avoid bed sores.

“This takes a tremendous physical toll on her family. Her whole medical team has said that she needs a ceiling hoist. Her family applied for one in 2020. The government policy had changed and while the structural works needed for the hoist are covered by the local authority, the equipment for the ceiling track hoist is not covered.

“I raised this issue on a number of occasions in the Dáil, in an effort to break the logjam that had developed between various government departments.

“I was assured in May of this year that a ‘Letter of Comfort’ had been provided to Kerry County Council so the installation of a hoist can be included in the Housing Adaptation grant scheme, which is administered by the Council.

“The Council also said it would prepare the administration work in advance of the regulations being signed off and that it expected the relevant regulations to be changed ‘imminently’.

“That was seven weeks ago.

“This week, I have been informed by the council that the relevant regulations have not been introduced and that the council will not be processing the grant until the new regulations are in place. This represents yet another unacceptable delay.

“As I said before in the Dail, I do not care if it is the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, or the Department of Health, the matter has not been sorted out.

“Promises were made but not fulfilled. I spoke with Alexis's father Steven and I share his disappointment and frustration. Alexis is now 20 kg in weight and the situation is getting increasingly worse for the family. A bureaucratic hold up compromising the welfare of a vulnerable child-like Alexis is simply not good enough.”

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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