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Killarney vaccine centre to close temporarily

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VACCINES: Registration team members Joe O'Donovan (front), Sonia Waldron and David Moynihan pictured at Killarney Vaccination Centre. Photo: Domnick Walsh

By Michelle Crean 

The success of the vaccine rollout reaching its targets will see the Killarney Vaccination Centre close temporarily for three days.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), as well as Thursday or Friday, the centre located at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, will be part of short planned closures in Cork and Kerry as they have reached their targets. There will also be no vaccinations at the Tralee vaccination centre at the Munster Technological University on Thursday. 

The HSE today thanked the dedicated and hardworking staff saying they “deserve huge credit for the numbers vaccinated at community vaccination centres” and the temporary closure will give staff “a much needed break”.

“We are pleased to confirm that the centres across Cork and Kerry have met and continue to meet their targets,” the HSE said in a statement.

“This included the aim of substantially completing the first vaccinations for people in their 50s (who have registered online) by the middle of this week. In the coming days, vaccination staff will begin the work of vaccinating people across Cork and Kerry in their 40s and indeed some people in their 40s have already received vaccinations in both counties. This is a fantastic achievement, and is thanks to staff who have provided a constant and relentless pace of vaccinations at all centres, consistently going above and beyond. Staff have been acutely aware of the importance of the vaccination programme and they deserve huge credit for the numbers vaccinated at community vaccination centres across both counties.”

The HSE added that the closures will also allow them to begin scheduling the second doses of Astrazeneca currently due. 

“Some of these vaccinations for healthcare workers will take place at centres, but others will take place in healthcare settings.”

Vaccinations centres in Cork and Kerry are run as a joint project between the South South West Hospital Group and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, with support and input from all parts of the health service including IT and Estates.

“As we move forward to a new phase of the vaccination programme, we will continue to provide vaccinations to our communities in accordance with the vaccine available to us. Our centres are staffed, resourced and available and as vaccine is made available, we will offer it to the members of the public who have registered either online or by phone.”

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review By Sean Moriarty The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another […]

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review

By Sean Moriarty

The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another 12 months.

The closure was revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last month and this week Kerry County Council has started its public consultation into the closure.

The town centre street was fully pedestrianised to allow food businesses to serve meals outside and to facilitate social distancing during COVID-19.

Other measures included the widening of footpaths on New St and High St.

The current temporary closing of roads order expires on December 31 but will now be extended to the same date next year.

The purpose of this new closure is to examine the success or failure of several measures that were brought in during the pandemic to allow social distancing on the town’s streets.

“This involved the creation of buildouts to accommodate Outdoor Dining and the creation of public realm areas, which the closure of Plunkett Street facilitated. Feedback from businesses in particular has been very positive, allowing enhanced offerings to the public who have also voiced their support for these developments in the town,” said Angela McAllen, Killarney Municipal District Manager, said at the November KMD meeting.

However, Cllr Donal Grady believes that several of these ‘buildouts’ need to be decommissioned as they are not being used for their designated purpose and are taking up car parking spaces in the town centre.

“Any place that is not being utilised needs to be turned back into parking spaces,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

He added that the lack of parking “is driving people out of town”.

Ms McAllen said the Council would look at what areas are being used to their full potential and their future will be decided during the latest closure’s term.

Town centre regeneration is set to commence next year under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

“The URDF town centre and street upgrade for Killarney was approved in September to proceed to planning and detailed design stage and allows for the consideration for potential inclusion of some of these measures in the wider development of the town centre,” she added.

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