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INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Paudie Healy, CEO of Universal Access, pictured after receiving the ‘Most Pioneering Inclusive Tourism Advocacy UK and Ireland’ award at the 2020 LUX Travel & Tourism International Awards.

 

By Michelle Crean

 

A local businessman who is working hard to help develop inclusion for all has won an international award.

Paudie Healy from Universal Access, who introduced Tourism for All in Ireland and works with leading experts across the world, was awarded the ‘Most Pioneering Inclusive Tourism Advocacy UK and Ireland’ at the 2020 LUX Travel & Tourism International Awards.

The awards recognise those who have dedicated themselves to offering the finest experiences, product and services in the industry. Whether established stalwarts, or up and coming newcomers, they endeavour to seek out the paragons who lead the pack and set the benchmark.

“Travel and Tourism encompasses a vast array of different businesses to creating exquisite memories for people all over the world,” Steve Simpson, from LUX Travel & Tourism awards said.

“Under the CEO, Paudie Healy, they are creating ground-breaking changes on pioneering initiatives and programmes that they are developing for the inclusion of the full human diversity of people in the tourism industry as employees and customers. Their bottom up/top down approach from working with businesses to advocating for governmental actions and policy change to deliver person centred inclusive employment and experiences is why they have been selected as winners and Universal Access are a company to watch globally for the future.”

Paudie Healy, CEO of Universal Access, said they are absolutely delighted to win and to be recognised for the impact that their work is having in the drive for global inclusion.

“In Q2 of 2020 we will be launching the Global “iMark” certification and a business growth Tourism for All sustainability programme that we will be rolling out nationally. The businesses will work through continuous development stages of the Global iMark certification for the delivery of excellence as leading inclusive employers and inclusive service providers that will deliver economical, sustainable and social benefit for the business and wider tourism industry and the country,” Paudie said.

 

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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