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Elizabeth and Angela are ready for a new adventure

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By Michelle Crean

For two decades they have been a huge support to pupils at St Oliver's National School but on Tuesday two members of staff retired.

The outpouring of gratitude for their years of service was very evident as colleagues bid farewell to Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) Elizabeth O'Doherty and Angela Sheerin.

RETIRING: St Oliver's NS SNA Elizabeth O'Doherty pictured with her family on Tuesday as she retired from school life. Photo: Michelle Crean

FAMILY: David Basil and Kayleigh Sheerin pictured with Angela Sheerin who retired as an SNA from St Oliver's NS on Tuesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

With a combined 42 years between them they got a fantastic send off from Principal Colm Ó Súilleabháin, Deputy Principal Sandra Chute, staff and pupils as well as the women's family who turned up for the very special lunchtime tribute.

Elizabeth, from Dalton's Avenue and originally Kilcummin, was sanctioned by the Dept of Education as part of the very first nationwide rollout of services for children with special needs in 1999.

And during her 23 career she attended the same school as her grandchildren!

"I loved every bit of it," Elizabeth told the Killarney Advertiser.

"When we started here there were 250 SNAs in the country, now there's approximately 18,000. Our role as an SNA was all about inclusion and integration, you're also an advocate for the child."

Angela, originally from Cavan and living in Flesk Grove, started as an SNA in St Oliver's in 2003.

After 19 years she's ready to take on a new challenge.

"It's was a privilege to work in such a fabulous school with great colleagues especially the children in our care," she said. "I'm looking forward to a new adventure."

Both thanked their colleagues including former Principal Rory D'Arcy and former Deputy Principal Tim Horgan saying that they both had lots of form filling and background work over the years to support children with special needs.

"There was great support from the start from Tim Horgan and Rory D'Arcy, they had a great belief in helping others."

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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