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Kerry TD “horrified” that Cross Border Directive to end in December

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The Cross Border Directive, which entitles Irish patients waiting for surgery in the Republic to obtain treatment in Northern Ireland, is to end next month. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae says that he has today (Tuesday) been contacted by the CEO of Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast to say that “the HSE are advising patients that they will not be able to use the Cross Border directive in N. Ireland as of January 1 next”.

Any patients who have already started their journey will be able to continue but no new patients will be accepted after January 1, 2021.

“That’s the official line as of today,” the Kerry TD said.

“I am disgusted and horrified that the Taoiseach is playing politics with this important scheme which many people have availed of over the years. Those people who travelled to Belfast for cataracts, tonsil removal, hip and knee replacements would otherwise have waited years to have the procedure done on the public system here. I was glad that I was able to arrange the trips to Belfast for cataract procedures for the many people who were able to save their sight and have the costs refunded under the Cross Border Directive.  It will now be back to the old story again as they won’t be able to go to the North anymore.”

He explained that there are are still some places left on buses to Belfast during December for anyone interested in getting their cataract procedure done.

“I urge anyone waiting to be called for the procedure to contact me for a place on one of the last buses.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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New 33-apartment development for town centre

New 33-apartment development for town centre Planning permission has been granted for a 33-apartment development on Monsignor O’Flaherty Road. The development will consist of 23 two-bedroomed apartments and a further ten one-bedroomed units. It also includes plans to build related bicycle parking bays, car parking, bin stores and a landscaped courtyard amenity area. Attachments 0219178_Unknown-32 […]

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New 33-apartment development for town centre

Planning permission has been granted for a 33-apartment development on Monsignor O’Flaherty Road.

The development will consist of 23 two-bedroomed apartments and a further ten one-bedroomed units.

It also includes plans to build related bicycle parking bays, car parking, bin stores and a landscaped courtyard amenity area.

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