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It is not paying people to go to work

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THE KILLARNEY ADVERTISER SAYS 

There are 1,118 people signing of for unemployment benefits in the Killarney Local Electorate Area.

That is according to the latest June figures from the Central Statistics Office which were published this week.

It shows an increase of 260 from the May figures.

This is a staggering amount of people who are out of work in a relatively small area.

It is even more shocking considering we are in the height of the tourist season and hotels and other hospitality sector businesses in Killarney keep telling us there are staff shortages throughout the industry.

Some businesses have reduced their operating days and hours in reaction to staff shortages.

The rising costs of fuel and child care means it is not financially viable for many people to go work. Wages earned are immediately dispersed to petrol stations and to pay a babysitter.

The average cost of childcare in Kerry costs €180 per week, a tank of fuel is another €100.

Wages do not meet the cost of living further reducing the desire to go to work.

The average weekly earnings of workers in the accommodation and food services sector is €400 according to Central Statistics Office figures issued in May.

That leaves €120 for all other expenses. Under the Job Seekers scheme the full weekly payment is €208.00 without the need to pay for fuel and childcare.

So some workers are financially better off, by €88.00 a week or €4576.00 a year, by staying at home.

Rent prices and the general cost of housing (and lack of social housing) means the majority of people live in rural settings and are not in walking distance to available jobs.

The lack of a public transport network adds to the cost of going to work.

In simple terms, it seems that the 1,118 Killarney people that cannot find work (for whatever reason) paint a very grim picture of all that is wrong in the country.

It is not their fault, it is the system’s fault.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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