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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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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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