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Kidney patients face additional stress as a result of restrictions

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SUPPORT: Members of the Irish Kidney Association’s Kerry Branch pictured ahead of their now postponed walk: Noreen Buckley, Stephen Byrne, David Clifford (Kerry GAA star), Theresa Looney (Patient Support Officer Kerry Branch IKA) and Brendan Herbert (Chairman Kerry Branch IKA).

By Sean Moriarty

Vulnerable kidney patients that need to attend urgent dialysis treatment in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) are one of the hardest people in society hit by the new movement and social distancing restrictions.

Dialysis patients attend the Tralee hospital three days a week. Some groups attend the service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while others attend Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Killarney-based patients would usually share a taxi to get them too and from the hospital but the Irish Kidney Association’s Kerry Branch Patient Support Officer Theresa Looney says this no longer possible.

“Their immune system is very vulnerable, they risk cross-contamination from other patients,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Patients will now have to rely on family members to ferry them to and from UHK. Cars will have to be disinfected before each leg of the journey adding time and stress to an already difficult situation.

Theresa also warned that vital life-saving transplant operations are likely to be suspended as less and less medical staff and hospital beds become available as the crisis escalates - putting even more lives at risk.

The local branch was forced to cancel its fundraising walk in Killarney National Park tomorrow (Sunday), but the public is encouraged to support the work of the Irish Kidney Association and can Free text KIDNEY to 50300 to donate €4 and the Irish Kidney Association will receive a minimum of €3.60.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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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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