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Additional beds for community hospital welcomed

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Deputy Michael Healy-Rae has given a warm welcome to the news that nine of the upstairs beds at Kenmare Community Hospital will finally be open following almost seven years of campaigning.

The €8m, 40-bed Kenmare Community Hospital, opened in 2013 but never beyond 50 percent bed capacity.

However, official confirmation from the HSE sees an additional nine beds opening tomorrow (Monday July 6).

“These beds are much needed by members of our community. I have always been critical of the HSE delaying the opening of these beds but this is a welcome development. So too is the confirmation that more beds will happen in the future,” Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said.

He is also urging the new Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, to ensure that promises that were made to nurses across Ireland on pay are followed up on, as “banks don’t accept praise as a form of payment when nurses try to pay their mortgages”.

“Nurses all across Ireland were first up to the battle lines during the COVID crisis, and while it was great to see lines of people clapping their efforts, it is more important for them to be guaranteed the payment promises that were made to them to end the 2019 strike will be fulfilled, especially now in a time of great financial uncertainty.”

Recently it was confirmed to the Oireachtas COVID-19 committee that Ireland had highest rate of infection from Coronavirus of all health workers globally with nurses the highest to contract the virus.

Deputy Healy-Rae also highlighted that catering staff have also been working for 13 years without any pay rise and asked the Minister how much longer that this would continue.

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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