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Dept of Justice staff “frozen” at Killarney offices

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Employees at the Department of Justice offices in Killarney are “tired of complaining” about working conditions at the facility, according to Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae.

Healy-Rae raised the issue in a query submitted to the Minister for Justice, Charles Flanagan, having been contacted by staff who are displeased with the current state of the building.

“I wish to raise on behalf of the workers the issue of the working conditions in the building,” Healy-Rae said, “mainly the cold as the windows are single-glazed and the staff are frozen while working there.”

“Staff are tired of complaining so I’m asking you what proposal have you to improve the conditions the staff are expected to work in, Surely the staff have the right to work in conditions the same as people in the private sector.”

In his response, the Minister said there were plans to further develop the office in Killarney “in the context of the expansion of the National Shared Services Office”, and that the issue of window replacement would be incorporated in that programme of works.

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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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