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‘At the end of the day, money talks and in Rural Ireland we are simply seeing none of it’

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A HEADLINE in today’s Irish Independent, ‘How Dublin is eating Ireland’ has been highlighted by Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae as confirming what he has been saying for a decade.

The piece focuses on a report to be published today, the ‘Ireland 2040’ document, which will be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Housing Minister Simon Coveney. The report shows that half the population growth in the last two decades has been largely centred on Dublin.

Speaking on the report Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae said: “It confirms what I have been saying for the last 10 years. This Government along with the last are perfectly happy to sit back and watch Rural Ireland die, what the Government ideally want is for everyone in this country to move into our nearest urban centre or move into the cities, close our rural post offices, our small schools, cut off our road network, never bring broadband to rural areas and totally cut off Rural Ireland because I believe they see us living in rural areas as nothing on an inconvenience to them.

Deputy Healy-Rae added: “Unless something radically changes, what will exactly happen is what is reported today, Dublin will eat Ireland. We do have a two-tier economy in Ireland – it is very real, if you go down to Valentia Island this morning and ask a resident there have they felt the turn of the economy, they would laugh at you. The recession never hit Dublin, it was always booming, we are starved of funding in Rural Ireland, a lot of places in Kerry and I would be glad to bring our Taoiseach there.”

The Independent TD highlighted how in parts of Kerry “we still have no phone reception, never mind broadband”. “How can we expect businesses to locate in Rural Ireland when the Government want nothing more only to shut us down?” he said “They can produce all the fancy plans and strategies they want, but at the end of the day, money talks and in Rural Ireland we are simply seeing none of it.”

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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