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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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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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