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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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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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