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Up to 200 job losses at Kerry companies

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By Michelle Crean

Up to 200 jobs have become the victim of COVID-19 fallout with job losses in Killarney, Killorglin and further afield in the county.

News was announced this week that 87 jobs are to go in Jam Café, which has an outlet in Old Market Lane in the town, Kenmare and Cork, while Killorglin company FEXCO is to cut its workforce in Ireland by at least 150 people, with many of the job losses believed to be hit locally.

​​​​​​​It’s understood that staff are also being asked to take a 15 percent cut under a voluntary redundancy scheme by the foreign exchange and global finance company.

Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Cahill this week expressed his deep disappointment and sadness for FEXCO and its employees following the announcement.

“Employment in FEXCO Killorglin is the life blood of the economy of all of Mid-Kerry and beyond,” he said.

“Families up and down this county are depending on receiving their income from FEXCO and this news will come as a hammer blow. Where I live, everybody knows somebody who works there and many, including myself, have relatives employed there.”
He added that the McCarthy family have been fantastic employers for many years and their loyalty to the area has been unwavering.

“Their contribution to the local economy is unparalleled and I know they will continue in a similar fashion for many years to come, but for now, this is more bad news for this area already devastated by the close down of our Tourism Industry through restrictions necessary because of COVID-19. Hopefully, FEXCO can offer an acceptable redundancy package that will suit enough employees to fill this unwelcome quota. It is more important than ever now, that the IDA and Enterprise Ireland concentrate efforts on creating employment in Mid and South Kerry so that our young people may have a future where they were born and reared.”

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€8.6m funding for Further Education centres in Kerry

A new 21,000 sq ft apprenticeship training building will be part of the €3.7m plans for Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB). This Substantial Capital Investment – a total of […]

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A new 21,000 sq ft apprenticeship training building will be part of the €3.7m plans for Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB).

This Substantial Capital Investment – a total of €8,696,719 – was announced by Simon Harris TD, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science when he visited Kerry College of Further Education and Training (FET) Campuses, in Monavalley Tralee and Listowel yesterday (Monday) under the FET Strategic Infrastructure Upgrade Fund.

This investment will provide new modern facilities for FET staff and learners in both Tralee and Listowel that have traditionally been provided from a building in Listowel shared with Coláiste Na Ríochta post-primary school and rented premises in Tralee.

The announcement for these two projects is part of the first tranche of capital investments under this fund, with 13 projects being funded nationally.

Kerry ETB has become an innovative provider of FET services since their establishment of the first fully integrated college of Further Education and Training in Ireland.

Kerry College of Further Education and Training was established in September 2019 when Kerry ETB integrated the former training centre and post-Leaving Certificate college into a single college structure.

Kerry College’s continued development since 2019 has been a welcomed and positive one for the sector, leading the way in terms of embedding a new approach to a FET provision that is fully aligned to the SOLAS FET Strategy 2020 – 2024 and their vision of the FET College of the Future. The capital investment announcement is a very important step on this journey.

“Both of Kerry ETB’s proposed projects under the SIUF are included in the first phase of projects to be advanced under the initiative,” Minister Harris said.

“This is a testimony to Kerry ETB’s strategic vision and commitment to advancing the development of the FET College of the future concept.”

In welcoming this announcement an Cathaoirleach of Kerry ETB, Cllr Jim Finucane thanked Minister Harris.

“This funding is very significant and supports Kerry ETB in its vision of ensuring that the learners of Kerry have access to further education and training opportunities locally. In our ETB Strategy Statement 2018-2022 we emphasised the need to enhance the working and learning environment for staff and learners and this investment announcement is another milestone in working towards achieving this objective.”

The Investment announced for the Listowel Campus will provide funding for the refurbishment and expansion of the Building at Clieveragh Business Park, Listowel purchased by the ETB in 2021.

The Kerry College Monavalley Campus is synonymous with the provision of innovative FET programmes and apprentice programmes for decades. The expansion of the campus facilities is very important and this investment is welcomed.

Campus Manager Con O’Sullivan said that Kerry College Monavalley Campus has a long and established tradition of delivering apprenticeship training in Kerry.

“[The] announcement by the Minister will further enhance our training capacity and increase the campus profile from a national context. We view this investment announcement as a vote of confidence in the work we do at Kerry College and we look forward to the completion of these works as we plan for continued development of this Campus”

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Donaghy’s move to Roscommon “absolute rubbish”

By Sean Moriarty Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”. Several news outlets, including locally based […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”.

Several news outlets, including locally based media, ran stories on Monday night saying the four-time All-Ireland was set to take over as the Roscommon boss.

Almost as quick as the news reports were published Donaghy took to Twitter to correct them.

“Absolute rubbish,” he tweeted.

“I did not speak to one single person associated with Roscommon GAA. What has happened to fact checking a story these days.”

Donaghy has been part of the Armagh county set-up for the last two seasons. He is also preparing for another season in the Irish Basketball Superleague with Tralee Warriors at the age of 39.

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