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Workers retire after combined 90 years’ service

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RETIREMENTS: Three members of Killarney Municipal District, Chris Brosnan (Firies), James O’Leary (Ballyspillane) and Dermot O’Connor (O’Kelly’s Villas), who have 90 years' service completed have retired. They are pictured with Noel O’Leary (Town Foreman).

 

By Michelle Crean

It's a case of where everybody knows your name - as three town workers with a combined 90 years' service - have retired from their roles with Killarney Municipal District.

Christy Brosnan, Dermot O’Connor and Jimmy O’Leary are well-known faces as the ourdoor staff who constantly meet members of the public have each shown outstanding commitment, dedication and service to the town of Killarney.

Dermot,who resides in O’Kellys Villas, retired on October 28 with 40 years service completed. He became a permanent member of the outdoor staff with the Killarney Urban District Council in 1983. Dermot started with the Street Cleaning section and later transferred over to Refuse Collection. For the past 24 years he was a permanent fixture on the streets of the town. He was a well-known sight with his cart, sweeping the streets - always with a smile on his face. Dermot helped to ensure that the streets of Killarney always looked pristine.

Jimmy O’Leary residing in Ballyspillane, retired on October 20 following 20 years’ service with Kerry County Council. Jimmy was a member of the street cleaning department throughout his service. Like Dermot, he was out on the streets early in the mornings, before shop shutters had raised. He worked tirelessly, maintaining our streets, lanes and roads to the highest standards. He loved his many encounters with the people on the streets and it many a story he could tell. He was a great hand at giving directions and recommendations to the visitors to the town and always with a smile on his face.

Christopher (Christy) Brosnan retired on August 26 after nearly 30 years of service with Kerry County Council. From Firies, Christy started his employment with the former Killarney Urban District Council. He worked in all sections at varying times, starting in the Street Cleaning section and also serving in the Roads, Refuse and Gardening departments over the years. Christy carried out his duties to an extremely high standard and worked hard throughout his career with the Council. Christy always had time to stop and chat with locals and tourists alike.

All of their colleagues in the Killarney MD wish Christy, Dermot and Jimmy a very happy retirement.

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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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