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St Mary’s of the Angels faces underhanded closure threat

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Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae believes the government and the HSE are using underhanded tactics to force the closure of St Mary’s of the Angels.

The Beaufort-based care facility is home to around 76 people with physical and intellectual disabilities ranging from moderate to profound.

Many residents have been living here for most of their lives.

However, Healy-Rae says that new residents are not being invited to take up rooms at the facility. If one resident passes away or moves to another location a new client is not being offered their room.

He believes that this is an underhand way of forcing the closure of the facility.

“Sadly people who are residents here when they pass on there are no new residents moving in so it is effectively being closed in a slow but sure fashion,” he said.

“It has over the years provided an excellent friendly happy place for people to live their lives. I appreciate some people’s disability and care requirements might mean they could live in a de-congregated setting. My point throughout all of the years has been that one shoe does not fit all sizes.

“I have again raised this matter with the Government and the HSE to try and ensure that St Mary the Angels will be not allowed to close but I have again being told no that the policy is that all people living in congregated settings will be moved to dispersed housing in ordinary communities and will have the same entitlement as any other citizen.

“I believe that in time all politicians will wake up to this fact and realise that this was an error but it will be too late at that stage. Continuous Minister’s for Health have failed to fully appreciate the appreciation of families for the services of St Mary the Angels. It will be a loss beyond belief to see it eventually closing down.”

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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