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Lyme Disease campaign making progress in Killarney

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CAMPAIGN: Mayor Brendan Cronin has been pushing for Lyme Disease awareness signs for years.

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Lyme Disease awareness signs have - after years of campaigning - been placed at key locations across Killarney.

 

While the erection of signs has been welcomed by elected members of Killarney Municipal District they say more needs to be done to warn locals and visitors about the dangers of potentially contracting the deadly disease. Ticks that carry disease are associated with the wild deer that roam the National Park.

There is an ongoing row between Kerry County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) which own the park, over who is responsible for placing warning signs in the park.

The NPWS refuse to place such signs and in a compromise Kerry County Council agreed to place signs near entrances to the park on property owned by the Council.

In recent weeks these signs have been placed at the Port Road entrance, the Fossa way car park and a children’s playground within the park.

“I am delighted to report that following a long campaign Kerry County Council have started erecting Lyme Disease awareness signs at public entrances to Killarney National Park,” Mayor Brendan Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

Mr Cronin has been a long-time campaigner but, while welcoming the first move, asked if more could be done.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae pointed out the number of yellow COVID-19 warning signs that have appeared in public and private locations in a short period of time as an example of what could be done.
The town’s executive promised to examine further Council-owned infrastructure in an effort to place more warning signs near the entrances to the National Park.

 

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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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