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KERRY TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross that he is allocating over three quarters of a million euro in Exchequer grants under his Department’s Regional Airports Programme to the Kerry Airport.

This represents the first allocation of support in this year regional airport programme and the grants will go towards safety and security-related projects at the airports that have been approved to date by the Minister.

Speaking today Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD said: “I am delighted with announcement today of this grant for Kerry Airport and with this it shows a firm commitment of the Government to continuing financial support for safety and security measures at the airport. The National Aviation Policy 2015 acknowledges the role played by the regional airports in promoting a level of international connectivity to support the tourism and business sectors in their regions, and Kerry Airport continues to provide vital links in the region. With this grant Kerry airport will be able to move for with a number of safety and security features such as provision of Stop-bar and Additional Taxi-way Signage, and Taxiway Alpha.”

Minister Shane Ross has allocated a total of €1.94m in Exchequer grants under his Department’s Regional Airports Programme to the airports in Donegal, Ireland West Airport Knock and Waterford as well as Kerry.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae also welcomed the funding of €769,000 for Kerry Airport. "This is a very welcome increase from the €310,000 that was received in 2016,” said Deputy Healy-Rae.

“I was very glad that when Minister Ross was in Kerry recently that he visited Kerry Airport, the airport is of paramount importance to the county and it is vital that these much needed funds are allocated to ensure that our airport can continue improving, raising standards in safety and all other aspects of the airport.”

The Kerry TD added: "I was assured by the Minister when he was in Kerry after visiting the airport that the PSO would not be in danger this year, but, I also raised with him the possibility of an International PSO with an airport such as Amsterdam to increase worldwide connectivity for Kerry which would obviously open the doors for more business in towns like Tralee, Listowel, Killarney and Castleisland."

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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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