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Great excitement as up to one thousand attend jobs fair 

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By Michelle Crean

There was a feeling of excitement about the future as up to one thousand jobseekers turned up to today's (Wednesday's) jobs fair - to meet with potential new employers.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Pictured at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday were: Camila Sciacca and Eilis Loughrey (HR Manager iNua Collection) talking about future job opportunities. Photo: Michelle Crean

VOLUNTEERS: Peter O'Toole (left) from the Mountain Meitheal and John Dwyer (right) from Killarney Tidy Towns pictured explaining about becoming a volunteer to Nataliia Sputai Olena Kuchura and Valentina Fediuehak at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

JOBS FAIR: Pictured at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney (GSK) on Wednesday were: Joanne Griffin (Enterprise Officer SKDP) Paula Noguera Baro Milandi Basel (Group HR Director GSK) Fred McDonogh (Red Chair Recruitment) Inga Gedgaudaite (South West Engineering) and Katy Jacobi (Events Manager Killarney Chamber). Photo: Michelle Crean

BEER CAREER: Keelan O'Connor stopped by the Killarney Brewing and Distillery Company's stand at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday where Ivan Ashe Muireann King and Paul Barrett chatted about a career in brewing. Photo: Michelle Crean

RECRUITMENT: Pictured at Wednesday's Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney were Chloe O'Connor and Paddie Keogh from the O'Donoghue Ring Collection speaking to Alina Porovai and Sofia Burlakova about recruitment. Photo: Michelle Crean

Held in the Great Southern Killarney from 10.30am to 2pm, the South Kerry Jobs Fair, organised by South Kerry Development Partnership CLG in conjunction with Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, had more than 50 employers at their stands with over one thousand jobs on offer. Positions were available across all sectors with some employers having one hundred plus positions available to fill.

A number of other organisations who provide support services and educational opportunities for potential employees also took part in the event to ensure that all those who attended would be able to avail of all potential employment opportunities.

The event was aimed at helping jobseekers, many with a broad range of skills and backgrounds, meet directly with employers so that both sides could get to know each other in an informal setting.

Employers will now have the chance to follow-up with potentially suitable employees in the coming weeks.

SKDP’s Enterprise Officer Joanne Griffin said she was delighted with the turnout of both employers and potential employees at the event.

“There was a very short timeline towards organising this event and the response to it from everyone has been remarkable,” she said. “Between ourselves and the Chamber, we put a huge effort into organising the event and it was fantastic to see it was so well received by all.”

Speaking on behalf of the Killarney Chamber, Katy Jacobi said they were delighted to see a huge range of sectors represented on the day which was a huge enticement to the jobseekers to see the variety of employment opportunities available in the region at the moment.

Breda Flaherty of Dairymaster who was recruiting at the event said that she was delighted with the turnout and the calibre of potential employees.

“We got some very, very interesting and some very, very top quality CVs and there are definitely people we are interested in employing,” she said.

SKDP CEO Noel Spillane said that it was great that SKDP and the Killarney Chamber could link up in this pro-active way towards supporting both employers and potential employees in the region.

“We were delighted to work with the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce in organising this event and we hope to continue this partnership, both with the Chamber itself as well as its individual members, through our range of support services to assist the development of all business sectors in South Kerry."

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, said the business community was delighted with the turnout and very happy to be able to put jobseekers and employers in touch with each other.

“This event could well have provided the opportunity many people were waiting for to embark on a successful and enjoyable career,” he said.

Exhibitors on the day included Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, Kenmare and Cahersiveen Credit Unions, Gleneagle Group, Sheahan Group, Killarney Brewery, AA Euro Healthcare, Fexco, O’Carroll Engineering, Tricel, Kelliher’s Toyota, Azucko, Kerry College, MTU, Resilience, Smart Loans, Total Telecoms, O’Donoghue Ring Collection, Finance for You, Great Southern Hotel, Exocover, Southwest Engineering, Kerry Respite Centre, HSE, Home Instead, Dairymaster, AIB, Corcoran’s Furniture, Killarney Park and Ross Hotels, Cahernane House Hotel, Red Chair Recruitment, Ballyroe House Hotel, Fill A Shift, GMIB, Brand Geeks, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa, Mr Price, Aghadoe Heights Hotel, 10 Bridge Street, SICAP and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

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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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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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