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Paudie turns the focus on accessible tourism

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EARLIER this year Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce President Paul O’Neill told Killarney Advertiser how a priority of his term in office would entail making Killarney accessible to all. This community-wide aspiration is gathering momentum, with Killarney man Paudie Healy being elected to the European Board of Directors of the European Network for Accessible Tourism last week.

Mr Healy, of Universal Access, Ireland, aid he was delighted to be elected to the 11-member board and thanked all the countries that voted for him.
“I look forward to contributing to the ongoing development of tourism for all and especially to the development and roll out of the first global accreditation programme for tourism service providers by the European Network for Accessible Tourism and also to contributing to the European organisation’s growth and expansion strategy globally.”

Mr Healy, who will play a key part n the new four-year strategy on the development of the European organisation globally, said he was delighted to be elected to the 11-member European Board of Directors and thanked all the countries that voted for him. The mission of the European Network for Accessible Tourism is to make European tourism destinations, products and services accessible to all travellers and to promote accessible tourism around the world.
 


 
Above: Paudie Healy CEO, Universal Access Ireland, Anna Grazia Laura, President, European Network for Accessible Tourism, Efi Kalampoukidou, President, Federation of European Tourist Guides Associations, Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, European Network for Accessible Tourism, and Girma Anuskeviciute, European Commission Tourism Unit.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

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 […]

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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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