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Killarney Cardiac Response Unit is ready to help the national effort

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By Sean Moriarty

The Killarney Cardiac Response Unit is taking a range of measures to ensure its members remain safe in the current crisis without comprising the needs of those who need its services.

As of last night, all members will not be allowed to attend an incident unless they are wearing a face mask.

They are also considering setting up a control centre at their headquarters on Park Road.

KCRU is a voluntary Unit with approximately 40 members who respond to 999/112 emergency cardiac phone calls.

They are activated once a cardiac call is made to ambulance control and cover an area of 7km from the centre of Killarney.

KCRU volunteers work alongside and are under the control of the National Ambulance Service.

If a patient goes into cardiac arrest the volunteers provide care in those vital few minutes until the National Ambulance Service arrives on the scene.

“Having spoken to a number of members we are considering setting up HQ as a coordination centre,” KCRU’s Carole Moran told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We are considering doing this to help with the welfare and supply to older or vulnerable people should this situation deteriorate further. This will involve setting up PCs, phone lines and radio equipment and manning the centre to log calls and pass on to appropriate agencies. This is only being considered as an option at this point and may not be needed or approved. I have agreements in place to source much of the equipment already.”

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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10 new jobs announced for Kerry County Council

The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets. The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects. The plan […]

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The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

“I welcome this announcement by my Cabinet colleague Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien,” Minister Foley said.

“Housing is a key priority for Government and these new posts are an endorsement of the excellent work carried out by Kerry County Council and a deserved recognition of their continued commitment to providing social housing to all local communities across Kerry.”

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