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Construction of new 130 bed Community Nursing Unit to begin next July

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Construction of the town's new 130 bed Community Nursing Unit is set to begin next July and be completed within two years.

The project, which is part of a bundle of seven projects to be delivered by Public Private Partnership (PPP), will replace the existing facility for Older Persons in Killarney.

In recent days Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae had sought an update from the Minister for Health.

In a Parliamentary Question he asked: "Minister, under the newly published National Development Plan, Killarney Community Nursing Unit is to receive funding for a residential care centre, can you confirm how much funding will be allocated to this and what is the time line for this project and if he will make a statement on the matter".

Jim Curran, National Director Capital & Estates with the HSE replied:

"The funding for the project is being provided by the PPP Consortium and will be repaid by the HSE by way of Unitary Payment during the 25 year concession period. The funding for these payments will be included in the HSE's Capital Plan. The HSE are planning to replace the existing facility for Older Persons Killarney with a new 130 bed Community Nursing Unit. Construction is expected to commence in July 2022 and completed in 24 months."

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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