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Street sanitisation to be discussed at a special council meeting

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STREET CLEAN: Glenflesk firm EasyClean already provides a commercial street cleaning service in the locality. 

 

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By Sean Moriarty

A special meeting of Killarney Municipal District will take place today (Friday) at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre where elected councillors and Kerry County Officials will, among other topics, discuss the road map for reopening society and businesses after weeks of COVID-19 restrictions.

Many councillors are calling a sanitisation programme to be introduced where street-staff from the Council would power wash public facilities on a regular basis.

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“I believe there needs to be hand sanitiser stations readily available. Hand sanitiser must be made available in all of our public toilets with increased scheduled cleaning. Disinfection daily of streets, footpaths, benches, public bins and railings, needs to form part of the existing schedule of works,” Cllr Maura Healy-Rae told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Furthermore, I think signage reminding people to adhere to social distancing needs to be erected. All of these measures combined would ensure public confidence with returning to what will be the 'new normal' for some time.”

Her thoughts were echoed by Cllr Marie Moloney.
“It is all about instilling confidence in people. They need to have the confidence to come back into town and do their shopping,” she said. “At the very least the town should be sanitised every day with disinfectant.”
Cllr Moloney, who cannot attend the meeting as a household family member falls into the vulnerable category and she needs to limit her contacts, is also calling on the National Parks and Wildlife Service to play its part.
“A simple thing like making the walks and cycle tracks in the park one-way would avoid close-contact,” she added. “People are living in fear and visual actions need to be seen to be taken to instil that confidence.”

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Business rates will be another hot topic, with several councillors calling for Council action and rate deferrals or exemptions.
Such a request may not be so easy at municipal level, any change to the rates policy would have to go before a full Council meeting and there are budgetary ramifications to be taken into consideration too as any loss of income for the Council would have a knock-on effect on services it provides to the county.
Killarney’s vital tourism and hospitality sectors have taken a massive hit in the last few weeks and efforts are needed to get these businesses and employers back on track.

“Both are vitally important for business and employment in the greater Killarney area. I will be asking for a relaxation of rate bills to allow businesses to recover following their sudden closure due to COVID-19,” Cllr Brendan Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will be asking the Kerry County Council tourism unit, along with the Chamber of Commerce in our county to work together on the focus of selling our tourism product nationally, with the goal of increasing 'holidaying at home', with the potential of attractive holiday packages in an effort to boost the tourism sector in the latter end of 2020.”

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors Traineeships are developed and delivered on an ongoing basis by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationwide and are open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school leavers, mature learners and those in or seeking employment. Developed in partnership with industry representatives […]

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

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Second level or higher education students who are interested in participating in a Traineeship Programme should contact their local ETB, adult learners should contact the Adult Education Guidance Service through their local ETB, and jobseekers will be able to access information through their local Intreo Office or Local Employment Service. For those currently unemployed, a training allowance or income support may be available. You can check out the range of opportunities offered through Traineeships nationwide on www.fetchcourses.ie and more locally check out the www.kerrycollege.ie.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant – For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Answer: Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce. Courses are offered in different areas including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), medical technologies, cybersecurity, sustainable energy and financial services. The courses range from certificate to master’s degree level – Levels 6 […]

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Answer: Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce.

Courses are offered in different areas including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), medical technologies, cybersecurity, sustainable energy and financial services.

The courses range from certificate to master’s degree level – Levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Most of the courses are part-time and last for one year or less, but there are some full-time courses.
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If Springboard+ doesn’t meet your needs, there are several other ways to go back to education.
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During COVID-19, you can find comprehensive integrated information online at citizensinformation.ie/covid19/ and you can get daily updates on what’s changed on Twitter at @citizensinfo. You can also get information and advice from:

Tralee on Tel: Call 0761 07 7860, Monday – Friday (10am-4pm)
The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm
Our national call back service: Visit citizensinformation.ie/callback to request a phone call from an information officer

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