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Kilcummin development plan gets the go ahead

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District (KMD) voted unanimously to adopt a new development plan for Kilcummin village at Wednesday’s bi-monthly meeting.

The three to five-year plan will focus on developing the community and it will concentrate on infrastructural areas like roads, footpaths, broadband and the aesthetics of green areas, signage and facilities.

A draft version of the plan was presented by area engineer John Ahern.

He outlined the key elements of the proposed works which will increase road safety in the village as well as greatly improving the look of the area.

The main aspects of the plan include the construction of two raised pedestrian crossings, traffic calming measures, new footpaths and the placing of powerlines underground reducing the number of poles and overhead cables in the area.

One of the most significant moves, and one that will change the daily lives of the people of the area is the plan to make the School Road one-way.

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The plan, seen by the Killarney Advertiser, states: “The road network in the village requires upgrading to include adequate pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. The provision and extension of footpaths and public lighting, the undergrounding of services and the implementation of some minor traffic calming measures will create a more attractive and safer village”.

The plan was accepted by all elected members of KMD and is expected to move to the next phase very soon.

Kilcummin will expand and we are trying to be ahead of the curve,” Mr Ahern told the meeting.

Local councillor Marie Moloney, who is also a member of the Kilcummin Looking Committee, the local organisation that pushed for the development plan, welcomed the news.

“I am satisfied with what has been proposed,” she told the meeting, and was particularly pleased with the idea to make the School Road one-way.

However, Cllr Moloney and several other councillors, questioned the Council’s decision not to include table-top speed ramps on the approach to the village.

Mr Ahern said it would be possible to revisit the table-top speed ramp proposal as it would not cost a lot of money to add them in once the main works were completed, but they will not be included in the first phase.

Other councillors, especially Niall Kelleher who represents the people of Rathmore and Barraduff said the Kilcummin plan could act as an example project to all other villages on the outskirts of Killarney.

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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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