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Statement from Cork Kerry Community Healthcare on potential disruption to community health services tomorrow (Tuesday)

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Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has preparations in place for the possibility of industrial action by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) continuing tomorrow (Tuesday February 5) and Thursday (February 7).

Unless the dispute is resolved at national level, there will unfortunately be some disruption to services tomorrow, and we are preparing for a similar level of disruption on Thursday.

Community services affected on Tuesday February 5th will include:

· Many public day centres for older people or people with disabilities will not open.

· Clinics at Primary Care Centres and health centres where nurses participate will be cancelled.

· Routine nursing services at health centres will not take place.

· All day hospitals or out-patient appointments in community hospitals/units will be cancelled.

· Non-essential nursing home visits will not take place.

Palliative Care Services will operate as normal tomorrow and Thursday. Essential services in the home, and health centres such urgent wound care and screening of new born children where essential, will take place.

Some community services will operate as normal, including palliative care. Some essential services in the home, and screening of new born children, where essential, will take place.

Residential services (eg community hospitals and acute mental health units, disability centres) will remain open tomorrow and care will be provided to residents. However, admission to community hospitals will be affected, and this may have an impact on people due to receive respite this week.

Those affected have been notified of tomorrow’s cancellations. We will re-schedule any appointments or procedures that are cancelled as soon as possible, and we apologise to all those affected for the disruption.

We are engaging with the INMO locally so that the impact of the industrial action can be managed as well as possible. This ongoing interaction between local management and strike committees is focused on ensuring the impact of the action for those using our services is minimised.

We expect the impact on Thursday to be similar to that outlined above, and we will continue to update those using our services through national newspapers, hse.ie and media statements.

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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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