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Healy-Rae says HSE “lacking compassion”

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Michael Healy-Rae TD has accused the Health Service Executive of being untruthful and lacking compassion as pressure mounts on the HSE to utilise Killarney’s vacant hospital beds.

Deputy Healy-Rae says the HSE are being misleading by referring to “open” beds at the hospital as opposed to occupied beds. According to the independent TD, there were 17 vacant beds in Killarney District Hospitals as of July 30.

“The HSE management is now operating with a complete lack of compassion and human kindness when it comes to dealing with patients and the excellent staff there can only deal with what resources they are given,” he said.

“The hospital has to be put working at 100% capacity but even that in its self is not enough as that will not deal with the bed requirement in our county

“We also need to open up again the hospital to deal with minor treatments that are needed which will result in taking pressure off our over burdened A&E in UHK Tralee.”

As highlighted in the Killarney Advertiser over the past number of weeks, SIPTU’s Branch Manager of Kerry Hospitals Donie Doody has said that Killarney’s empty beds should be used to take pressure of University Hospital Kerry. Speaking to the Advertiser on July 27, Mr Doody said that he believed there were 30 vacant beds in Killarney.

He had never seen so many unused beds in the town in his life, he added.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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