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Calls for fire stations to act as back-up ambulance base

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By Sean Moriarty

 

New figures revealed by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) shows Kerry as having the third worst ambulance response time in the country - after Wexford and Cork.

Kerry currently has six ambulance bases and 10 fire stations - but a plan to allow fire stations in the county to act as a localised ambulance base has not been implemented - despite a promise made by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Department of Health two years ago. In the first quarter of this year, 27 different calls had a response time of over one hour.

The NAS report also revealed that the pandemic did not have a negative effect on response time because there was less traffic on the roads and night life and the bar trade was non-existent.

In September 2018, the then Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy promised that the existing fire service structure would be used to support the ambulance service.

This plan has yet to be implanted.

“Kerry, as a rural county, would greatly benefit from this as distance to a patient is the biggest delay factor,” Cllr Donal Grady, who is a former Fire Officer, told the Killarney Advertiser. “This service would significantly improve response times and patient outcome in the county.”

Cllr Grady has asked Kerry County Council to write to Darragh O’Brien, the newly appointed Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, seeking a date on the implementation of this life-saving service.

 

 

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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