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Applications open for Killarney Community Support Fund

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FUNDING: Launching the support fund were from left, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Angela McAllen (Manager, Killarney Municipal District), Sean Coffey (Principal, St Brendan’s College),  Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cllr Donal Grady, Jean Courtney (Killarney Micro Track), Brid Stack (Killarney Micro Track), Eileen O’Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District Officer), Cllr Niall O’Callaghan, Jerry Griffin (Co-ordinator Killarney Micro Track), Con Lynch (Killarney Micro Track). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

Community Groups in Killarney are being invited to apply for the 2020 round of the Community Support Fund.

Countywide, supports of €750,000 are available to community-based projects and initiatives.

 

In the six years since its inception the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund has provided funding of €3.5m to community groups and projects across the county.

In Killarney Municipal District, projects which have benefitted from support through the Killarney Community Support Fund include the Killarney Micro Track as well as many community group projects such as Killarney Tidy Towns, Christmas lighting in towns and villages in the Killarney Municipal District, and Kilcummin Looking Good.

In particular, the Community Support Fund has allowed key strategic projects to leverage additional grant funding from other sources.

 

For 2020, the fund will target funding under five categories of support: Growing and Sustaining Communities, Community Tidy Towns Initiatives and Amenity Projects, Community Sport and Physical Activity Programmes, Community Economic Innovation, and Community Based Tourism, Festivals and Events.

 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday, January 20 and application forms may be downloaded from the Council’s website. Further information is available from Kerry County Council’s Community Department at 066 7183680.

 

 

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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