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Kerry TD says new mothers are being discriminated against        

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Newly elected TD Norma Foley has this week said that the Wage Subsidy Scheme fails to include women returning from maternity leave.

 

Urgent changes are needed to ensure that new mothers who are finishing up their maternity leave can apply for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, Deputy Foley explained.

Many women returning to work have been told that they can’t apply for the scheme as they were not on the payroll in the months before it was introduced. The scheme requires workers to have valid payslips from January and February in order to process their application.

“Returning to work after having a baby can be difficult at the best of times, but in the midst of a global pandemic and concerns about the future of their job, the current situation has made this transition even more challenging,” the Fianna Fáil TD said.

“What’s worse is the fact that that many of these women have been told that they don’t qualify for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme. This is nothing short of discrimination and wholly unacceptable treatment of women.”

She added that it’s an extremely stressful time for households right across Kerry, and that the situation seems particularly cruel.

“My party has already raised the issue with the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection but nothing has been done to date. This is simply not acceptable and must be addressed as a matter of priority.”

 

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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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