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Council to develop apprenticeship programme

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By Sean Moriarty

Calls for the Council to employ its own maintenance staff has been rejected but an apprenticeship scheme is on the cards.

Local councillor Donal Grady wants the Killarney MD to employ its own plumber, electrician and carpenter.

“We no longer have these employed and there is a long wait when we have to look elsewhere for them,” he said a recent Council meeting.

He also wants the Council to employ its own tree surgeon.

“In relation to housing maintenance and repairs in the Killarney MD, these are all carried out by contract, procured from frameworks, and there are no reported issues with delays to their performance,” a Council official said. “Given the level of specialised training and the low volume of work involved, there is no requirement to employ a full-time Tree Surgeon for the Killarney MD.”

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Cllr Grady also called for an apprenticeship scheme to be introduced in the MD and got a more favourable response on that matter.

“As advised previously, it is intended to develop an apprenticeship programme, notwithstanding delays with its interruption due to the COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on normal work arrangements, coaching/mentoring and training approaches. In this regard we are currently reviewing potential suitable work areas across the organisation and our HR Department has had union engagement and plans to engage with SOLAS, which has statutory responsibility for the administration and management of the Apprenticeship Programme, with a view to its advancement and having in place within the Council,” said the Council.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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