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‘Recruitment an ongoing issue for full GP service in Rathmore’

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RATHMORE is among a number of rural locations having difficulty in relation to GP recruitment, according to Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae.

Deputy Michael Healy Rae recently requested an update from Minister for Health Simon Harris on providing a full GP service in Rathmore.

He was told that the HSE management in Kerry has been in ongoing contact with the GP with regard to this matter and is “satisfied that all efforts have been exhaustive to recruit a GP or locum GP to assist the GP who is currently in Rathmore one day a week”. "These included advertising the post, contacting GPs abroad and some GPs declined an interview as they felt that the post was too rural," said Deputy Healy-Rae.

The situation in Rathmore is not uncommon in so far as a number of locations across the country are encountering difficulties in relation to GP recruitment, particularly in rural areas with single-handed practices, according to the Independent TD.

The head of primary care in Cork and Kerry along with the primary care transformation development officer for the Kerry area are due to meet again with the GP next week to discuss the interim arrangement regarding the premises and to review what additional measures can be taken to support the GP in securing an assistant or locus GP, stated the Kerry TD. “While I appreciate the efforts being made by the HSE something needs to be done to ensure that the people in Rathmore get a full GP service sooner rather than later,” said Deputy Healy-Rae.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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