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Chamber launches campaign to help rebuild local businesses

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SUPPORT LOCAL: Paul Sherry (President of the Killarney Chamber of Commerce) and Eileen O'Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District) pictured launching a high-profile 'Shop Local' campaign and a public survey. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

As Killarney town moves from the restrictions of the COVID-19 lockdown with Phase 2 of the Government’s easing of restrictions introduced this week, Killarney Chamber has launched not one – but two campaigns – to help businesses emerge from the crisis somewhat unscathed.

With the majority of businesses closed for up to two months, there’s no doubt that most have suffered an enormous impact – but that’s all set to change as the Chamber has launched a high profile ‘Shop Local’ campaign and is also appealing to the public to engage with an online survey ‘Let’s Talk About Town’ to find out what is needed for business recovery.

Last March, at the start of the lockdown, the Chamber erected a giant banner over Main Street with a very direct message to the people ‘Take care of yourselves and each other. #Love Killarney’.

Now, more than ever, ‘shop local, whenever possible’ is the key message from the Chamber, explained President Paul Sherry.

“During lockdown, we assured the people that we were with them every step of the way and that anything that could be done to assist them would be done,” he said.

“Our message now is that we are getting through this together and, with everybody’s support, there will be better days ahead in this wonderful town,” he added.

“The shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs and everybody in business in Killarney are creating jobs and ensuring families are looked after. Online shopping played a part during the COVID lockdown, but our appeal now is for people to think local and to shop local as we will all get through this together, side by side, working to make Killarney a better place to live in and to shop in.”

Inclusive voice

Meanwhile, he’s asking for people to share their views on how to better help Killarney town via the survey.

“The aim is to engage with local people living and working in Killarney about what's important to them, what they need from the business community and measures they would like to see implemented as we move towards creating a safe, progressive and inclusive Killarney. The survey will be open for two weeks; please spread the word as much as you can,” he said.

“Towns and businesses must rebuild and we want the changes in Killarney to reflect a collective and inclusive voice so that we do it mindfully and with strength. Therefore, we are encouraging as many of you as possible to please engage with us and complete the survey. We all need to rebuild together and this survey will serve as a starting point in changing the way we do business and how to better satisfy the needs of our customers, locals and visitors."

The survey can be found on www.surveymonkey.com/r/7NXCT99.

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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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