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HISTORIC: Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, chaired the first ever online meeting of Kerry County Council from his home in Kenmare, today (Monday), following the signing of the necessary ministerial order to enable local authorities to meet remotely and to allow councillors to vote on various matters. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

The first ever online meeting of Kerry County Council took place today (Monday) following the signing of the necessary ministerial order to enable local authorities to meet remotely and to allow councillors to vote on various matters.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, chaired the meeting from his home in Kenmare and his fellow elected members as well as Council management and the press joined the meeting online.

Cllr Connor-Scarteen said that votes on statutory business can now be taken during online meetings following the signing of the legislative requirements to facilitate such votes.

"This is the first time in 121 years of Kerry County Council that we have held a meeting using online meeting technology so from that point of view, it is very historic in these strange and challenging times. Until now, we were required to meet physically in the one location to deal with statutory business, but following the signing of the necessary legislative provisions, we can now deal with all business at remote or online meetings," he said.

[caption id="attachment_34734" align="alignleft" width="408"] Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, attends the first ever online meeting of Kerry County Council which took place today (Monday). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said that the transition to fully online meetings has been important in continuing to carry out the functions of the local authority.

"This is a new way of doing business for everyone involved but we ONLINE: continue to work closely with elected members and the wider community to operate within the current restrictions and to continue to provide essential services and facilities to the people of Kerry," she said.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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