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KDYS plan new state-of-the-art facility

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By Michelle Crean

Building works for 47 bed spaces, state-of-the-art workshop rooms and meeting spaces began in Killarney on Tuesday – at KDYS eurOg Killarney – the only European Youth Centre in Ireland.

The move is part of a plan to cater for groups travelling from all over the county, country and internationally, and will include an onsite coffee shop which will also be open to the public at the centre located alongside the Friary in Killarney.

‘eurOg’ Youth Centre in the town is the flagship centre of the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service and was awarded the European Youth Centre Quality Label in 2017 by the Council of Europe, becoming the only Youth Centre in Ireland to receive this accolade, and one of only 13 Youth Centres in total out of the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe.

This new wing will create exciting new opportunities for young people to come and stay in Killarney from all over the county, all over Ireland and internationally, CEO Tim O’Donoghue explained.

“We are delighted to expand our service and to introduce this facility as it will connect many young people locally to opportunities across Europe and for continental based young Europeans to come here,” he said.

“It will also create possibilities for young people in youth clubs around the county to come and enjoy Killarney as part of their annual programme.”

In late October, the Council of Europe expert team will visit Killarney to reassess the centre with a view to renewing the European Youth Centre Quality Label for a further five years.

“The Council of Europe are very impressed with the work of the KDYS and recognise the powerful community support that ensures that our young people benefit from a high quality youth service in their area,” he said.

“We are very proud that a Kerry organisation is leading out these high standards on a national and international stage. The development of ‘STAY@eurOg’ will take around two months and this will see us into a new and exciting programme in 2020.”

 

 

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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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