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National campaign to pay student nurses launched in Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to seek the support of all other Local Authorities in the country after it passed a motion to pay student nurses.

Cllr Donal Grady sought the support of his elected colleagues at Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District (KMD) meeting.

As a result of his motion, KMD is to write to the Minister for Health, Mr Stephen Donnelly,
requesting the immediate introduction of payment to student nurses, once they take up placement duties.

“I ask that it would be circulated to all other Local Authorities requesting their support,” added Grady after the motion was passed.

As of October 1 last year, the salary for a student nurse on 36 weeks placement stood at €15,056, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwifes Organisation (INMO). This works out at almost €11 per hour but this only applies to nurses in their final year of their degree.

First to third year students get an allowance of €50.79 per week towards accommodation - but this is only payable if their placement is away from their usual place of residence.

Last December, the Irish Government voted not to pay student nurses despite their efforts during the pandemic.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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