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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Drugs Payment Scheme

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Q: What is the Drugs Payment Scheme?

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A: Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, you only have to pay a maximum of €80 each month for approved prescribed drugs and medicines, and certain appliances.

Q: Can I apply for this scheme?

A: You can apply for the scheme if you are living in Ireland and intend to live here for at least one year. If you have a medical card, you are not eligible for the Drugs Payment Scheme because most of your prescription costs are covered under the medical card scheme.

Q: How do I apply?

A: You can apply online or by post. To apply online, visit mydps.ie.
To apply by post, get an application form from your Local Health Office or download a copy of the Drugs Payment Scheme application form (PDF) online.

You can also phone 0818 22 44 78 (LoCall) to have a form sent to you by post. You then send the completed application by post to the address on the form.

Q: Who is covered by the scheme?

A: The scheme covers approved prescriptions for you, your spouse or partner and your children aged under 18 (or under 23 if in full-time education).

Q: Do I have to register with one pharmacy?

A: No, you don’t have to register with a specific pharmacy, but, if you use two or more pharmacies in one month, you may pay over the maximum threshold of €80. If this happens you can apply for a refund of the amount you spent above the €80 threshold.

Read more about the Drugs Payment Scheme on citizensinformation.ie, or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.

Alternatively, you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie.

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Outstanding performance by Kerry Karate Students in Irish Open

A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship. Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally […]

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A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship.

Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally in the competition, the Kerry competitors from throughout the county made a strong impression at the event returning home with seven Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and four Bronze.
Sensei Charles Neri owner of the KSKS said: “I am was very proud of all my students, hard work beats talent if the talent doesn’t work hard.”
Sensei Agatha Neri co-owner of KSKS also thanked the tireless support of all the parents who encourage their children and go above and beyond all for the love of Karate.

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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