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Dental Scheme “reaching crisis point” – councillor

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A Killarney Councillor is calling on the Council to urgently intervene in the Dental Medical Card Scheme which he says "is reaching crisis point".

Cllr John O'Donoghue, who said that he has spoken to numerous dentists in recent weeks about this issue, is calling on the Council to contact the Minister for Health and the HSE as many dental practices are refusing to take on new patients due to it being financially unviable.

"They paint a very bleak picture of the problem which has hit crisis point," he said.

"The Dental Medical Card Scheme has not been updated in years and it has led to a situation whereby it is no longer financially feasible for dentists to take on patients who are on the scheme. Some are still seeing their original patients but not taking on any new cases, while many more have simply stopped treating any patient who comes in to them with a Medical Card. It has led to a situation whereby I do not believe that at present, there is any dentist in the county of Kerry taking on new patients who wish to use their Medical Card."

He said that in recent weeks he rang dentists in Killarney, Tralee, Cahersiveen, Kenmare, Killorglin, Listowel, Dingle and many more in between.

Operating at a loss

"I could not find any who were willing to take on a new patient who wishes to use their Medical Card. The fault in this issue lies not with the dentists, as although I am not a businessman, I know the quickest way to go out of business is to operate at a loss. Indeed, I have huge sympathy for all who work in the dental surgeries in our county and beyond because this is a nationwide problem, as they are the people who have to face members of the public and tell them they can’t give them the treatment they so badly need. Many unfortunate people when faced with being unable to use their Medical Card for their treatment, and being unable to afford to pay for the treatment privately, are now opting to suffer the indignity of having the offending tooth or teeth extracted rather than treated. This is an appalling situation and I am horrified to think that any individual living in our county or country would be treated so poorly. It is a shocking indictment on the HSE that such a situation would still exist in 2022, and I call on the Minister for Health and the relevant bodies to intervene immediately and revise the scheme without delay."

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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