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“This is the right decision” – Minister Norma Foley

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By Michelle Crean

RIGHT DECISION: Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley says the right decision was made.

It came close to the wire on Wednesday morning as devastated Ukrainian mothers and their children had their bags packed and were ready to board the bus to Mayo.

The day before, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, headed by Minister Roderic O'Gorman TD, said that the move would be going ahead. However, with an hour or so before the bus would be leaving Killarney Minister Norma Foley announced that the decision was being reversed.

She said she "welcome's the decision" of her cabinet colleague Minister Roderic O’Gorman.

"This is the right decision," she said. "I think it's hugely important where we have families from the Ukraine who were so well integrated into our communities that we afford them every opportunity to continue to grow and nurture those ties they have made with local communities. I particularly want to acknowledge all that's being achieved in Kerry and in this instance, Killarney, to welcome Ukrainian families.

She also thanked the school communities who, she said, "are doing so much to welcome and to integrate Ukrainian families into our local communities and our local schools".

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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