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RESCUE: A young male driver is rescued from a crashed car by members of the emergency services during the live crash demo in the INEC car park on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

The reality of a serious car crash brought home the impact to almost 1,500 Kerry students on Tuesday morning – as emergency services simulated a live road crash in the INEC car park.

Secondary school students from throughout Kerry, including schools from Killarney, witnessed the rescue efforts by dedicated members of the emergency services at the AXA Road Safety Roadshow. The event began at 10.30am with presentations by Gardaí, members of Kerry Fire Service and medical staff from emergency departments including a surgeon, who have all experienced the impact of fatal crashes on Kerry’s roads.

And the event was a huge success, explained Dan Keane from the Kerry Fire Service, who was a speaker on the day.

“Killarney Fire Service did a display and supplied the car,” Dan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had a young male driver, an actor, who was brought to safety. The Gardai went through the statistics by county and the country explaining that it was young male drivers who are most at risk. Peter McCarthy from the Traffic Corp described the whole ordeal while Eugene Tangney, a paramedic, told some scenarios.”

[caption id="attachment_29134" align="alignleft" width="300"] SAFETY FIRST: Students from Presentation Killarney Saoirse Coffey, Carrie Hickey, Kate Lawlor and Jenny Cronin pictured with Sinead Galvin (Killarney Fire Service), Diane Collins (Killarney Community Policing Unit), Dan Keane (Kerry Fire Service) and Martin Grady (Killarney Fire Service) at the live crash demo in the INEC car park on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michelle Crean[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_29133" align="alignleft" width="300"] ON THE SCENE: Students from Presentation Killarney and St Brendan's College pictured with emergency service personnel at the live crash demo in the INEC car park on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michelle Crean[/caption]

Dan himself spoke as a First Responder followed by the surgeon, while a woman from North Kerry spoke about her son who died in similar circumstances.

“The simulation was about showing the kids roughly what we deal with. What we’re trying to do is give them an idea what we do and what we deal with. It’s great for them to see it but more should be done and more regularly.”

 

 

 

 

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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