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Kenmare road to remain closed for “weeks”

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By Sean Moriarty

Motorists can expect several weeks of disruption due to the on-going repair work of the R569 Kenmare road after it partially collapsed during last Sunday’s Storm Ciara.

Kerry County Council took the decision to close the road from its junction with the N22 Cork-Killarney road to Morley’s Bridge in Kilgarvan following storm damage at the weekend.

Motorists travelling from Killarney to Kenmare have been advised to take the diversion route via Moll’s Gap.

However, no provision has been made for trucks and there is a height restriction at the tunnel on the Moll’s Gap road.

Typical box-style trucks cannot fit through Newfoundland Bay Tunnel but Kerry County Council cannot put a definitive timeframe on when the work might be completed.

“There is currently no timeframe for the works as the structural assessments are ongoing but it is anticipated that the road will be closed for a number of weeks. Trucks and HGVs should be aware of the height restrictions at Moll’s Gap which are signed,” a Kerry County Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

Further issues are expected later this month because part of the diversion route is due to be closed to complete planned works near the tunnel.

A road-closure order is in place from February 26 until March 16 to reinstate a partially collapsed wall on the shores of Upper Lake about 100m south of the tunnel. The road is extremely narrow there and the Council had no choice but to close it to allow the works go ahead.

Council staff confirmed they could postpone these works to allow priority on the repair of the Kilgarvan Road.

“No decision has yet been taken in respect of the N71 at the end of the month, but that work will obviously be postponed if required and a decision on that will be taken in the coming days.”

 

 

 

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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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