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Video appeal features heartfelt message from frontline workers

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Rathmore man Aidan O'Mahony is part of a new video appeal from frontline workers issuing a heartfelt plea to their communities to continue to keep their guard up in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Launched today (Tuesday), the frontline workers are reminding everyone of what communities have achieved already by working together.

The video, an inter-agency project between An Garda Síochána, Kerry County Council, the HSE, Cork City Council, and Cork County Council features frontline workers from all the agencies explaining what they miss during COVID-19 restrictions. Although it’s difficult, they ask people in Cork and Kerry to continue to play their part.

All have been working for and with their communities throughout the COVID-19 emergency. They are reminding communities that although it’s hard, we all need to continue with the measures needed to stop the spread of the virus.

Speech and language therapist Cliona Carroll reminds everyone of the lives we have saved already, while Fiona Leahy asks them to think of the people who will still be with us this Christmas who might not have been. Community Garda Aidan O’Mahony says that this is the result of everyone working together, saying “We did that, and we did it together – because it only works if we all do it. We need to keep our guard up.”
Recognising that sticking to the restrictions is hard, Cliona Carroll says that she misses being able to give her mum a hug, while Aaron Williams from Kerry Civil Defence explains that he misses seeing his grandparents.

To see the video, go to YouTube: Keeping Our Guard Up.

 

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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