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Senator Mark Daly listens to key issues during visit

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Senator Mark Daly visited Ukrainians in the Innisfallen Hotel who are temporarily protected by Ireland due to the war against Ukraine.

Ukrainians from Killarney previously invited the senator to the K-Fest Festival, where they organised a day of Ukrainian culture.

The senator talked to Ukrainians in an informal atmosphere. The key issues raised by the newcomers to Ireland were the introduction of simplified procedures for the recognition of Ukrainian diplomas in Ireland, the access of young people to higher education and the creation of additional housing for Ukrainians.

"Among the newly arrived Ukrainians there are many highly qualified people, such as doctors, teachers, psychologists, lawyers," Natalya Krasnenkova, local community coordinator, said.

"All of them can and want to work in specialties that contribute to the Irish economy and fill existing vacancies. But now the confirmation of Ukrainian diplomas is long and bureaucratic, which rejects our fellow citizens to low-paid working specialties. For example, a family medicine hospital director with 20 years of experience is forced to work as a waitress, while Killarney lacks doctors. Or we see a lot of vacant truck drivers, but no one knows how a Ukrainian driver can reschedule driving training to work."

The senator promised to do everything possible so that Ukrainian specialists can get involved in the economy as soon as possible.

In addition, Ukrainians have talked about higher education, as Ukrainian students who are not EU citizens have to pay a high price for tuition from €16,000 to €40,000 per year. It also narrows opportunities for talented and motivated young people.

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"Today, Ireland is in dire need of housing, even for its fellow citizens. Therefore, after some time, the pressure on the housing market will increase, when all 33,000 newly arrived Ukrainians will leave temporary shelters or hotels, and will look for the potential to rent accommodation. Ireland should now think about creating modular houses or other options for fast housing," said the Ukrainians.

As a token of gratitude for Senator Daly's continued support, Ukrainians presented him with the work of young Ukrainian artist Anastasia Shkurko 'Ukrainian Phoenix Remembrance'. The work is dedicated to Ukrainian women who have suffered from torture, mass rape and other crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine.

"Impersonal images of women in national costumes symbolise Ukrainian women victims of the Russian-Ukrainian war. The pitchfork in their hands means the impossibility of forgiving crimes against humanity.
Nevertheless, I believe that these Ukrainian phoenixes will be reborn and find their peace of mind. I hope that the presented picture draws attention to the topic of crimes against civilians." Senator Mark Daly promises to put this work in his office.

In all, since the beginning of the war, Ireland has received more than 33,000 Ukrainian refugees. 1,900 of them are in Killarney. Senator Mark Daly is a lobbyist on the Ukrainian issue. One week ago, he submitted to the Senate a resolution recognising the genocide status of Russia's aggression against Ukraine and called for Ukraine to be a candidate for EU membership.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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