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Free parking for two days a week at Rock Road car park

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District of Kerry County Council has announced that parking charges have been suspended on Thursdays and Fridays at the Rock Road Car Park in Killarney until the end of August 2020.

There has been widespread concern that the new “Safe Streets’ initiative, introduced to allow town centre visitors to social distance led to the reduction of street parking.

“The [Rock Road] measure is being taken to assist with traffic flow over the summer period and encourage use of the car park which is in close proximity to the town centre.” A Killarney Municipal Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

The news, earlier this week, that Bird’s Amusements will not be taking up their usual position in the Fair Field car park will release a further large amount of car parking spaces in the town centre for the summer season.

Cllr Marie Moloney, while welcoming the announcement, says the move does not go far enough to encourage locals to visit the town centre.

At a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting she proposed that no charges should be implemented in the Glebe and New St car parks from 9.00am to 11.00am each day.

“Rock Road, might be good news for staff working in the town centre, but it is too far out for elderly or young parents with pushchairs. Killarney is a tourist town, allowing free parking in the town centre for locals every morning, before the town gets busy is what I proposed,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Otherwise the town will die.  When you analyse the numbers – free parking at Rock Road for two days or free parking for two hours every day in the town centre – it is the same amount of hours.”

 

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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