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Following the announcement by Minister for Education Norma Foley that the results of Calculated Grades will be issued to Leaving Cert students on Monday, September 7, the Calculated Grades Student Portal for such students is open until tomorrow (Monday July 27).

Through this portal, all Leaving Cert students will need to confirm that they wish to receive their Calculated Grades results on September 7. All students who registered from the Calculated Grades back in May should have received a text message about the opening of the Portal and it is critical to log on to www.gove.ie/leavingcertificate and confirm ahead of the deadline on July 27.

Following the release of the results, CAO Round 1 offers will be issued to applicants on Friday September 11. A 2020 CAO Offers and Acceptance schedule is now available on www.cao.ie/index.php?page=offerdates. The release of the results on September 7 does mean that they will also be available in time for any students who have applied to universities in the UK through the UCAS system.

Uncertainty

However, there is great uncertainty for students who have applied to European universities. The release of the Calculated Grades is likely to be too late for entry in some countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands, both of whom have become hugely popular for Irish students, as the deadline for submission of results is August 31. The advice for students who have applied is to contact the admissions office of the college directly as it is suggested by European University Central Application Support Service (EUNICAS) that some flexibility may by facilitated regarding the delay with Calculated Grade results. See www.eunicas.ie for the most up-to-date information on applications to Europe.

There has been widespread disappointment amongst students and parents that the results, which are usually issued mid-August, have been delayed by three weeks. There is particular concern around the pressure to organise accommodation and the uncertainty in relation to how the different colleges intend to deliver their programmes in the first semester. It remains to be seen if other colleges will follow the plan by UL to have students on campus for only one week in three. So, for the Class of 2020 as well as all students returning to third level institutions, this autumn uncertainty prevails.

Appeals

All students, whether they opted to receive the Calculated Grades or not, will have the option of taking the Leaving Certificate examination later in the year. It is hoped that they can be run in November but that is subject to public health advice at the time and it will be too late for students wishing to start their college courses in 2020. Any student who is unhappy with a Calculated Grade in any subject can seek an appeal and also opt to take the written exam in that subject. Applications for appeals will open on September 14.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore & PRO of Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She can be contacted on careerfocusnow@gmail.com.

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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