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Woman Injured In Co Kerry Crash Dies In Hospital

A woman injured in a road collision in Co Kerry earlier this month has died in hospital.

The crash happened at Finnegan's Cross in Kilcummin at around 6.45am on the morning of 09 January.

An elderly man died in the incident while two women were left hurt, with one suffering critical injuries. She has since passed away.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

In particular, they are keen to speak to any road users travelling in the area at the time that may have camera footage to contact Killarney Garda station.

Kilkenny-Wexford Bypass To Open Later This Month

A new bypass connecting counties Kilkenny and Wexford has been confirmed to open this month.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit the site of the €230 million N25 New Ross Bypass to open the route on Wednesday 29 January.

This 15km scheme will generate significant benefits to the region, particularly in terms of shorter and safer journeys for road users and improved accessibility to New Ross and the wider region.

The delivery of the N25 New Ross Bypass is the culmination of over 20 years work by Transport Infrastructure Ireland Wexford County Council and Kilkenny County Council as well as technical advisors for the scheme, Mott MacDonald Ireland.

The project has been delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Contract between Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the PPP Company, consisting of BAM PPP, PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie U.A. and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras S.A.

Construction works were undertaken by New Ross Joint Venture, consisting of BAM Civil and Dragados. Arup and Carlos Fernandez Casado acted as designers for New Ross Joint Venture. On average, a workforce of 300 people was employed throughout construction and approximately 2.5 million work hours were completed on site to bring the scheme to fruition.

The opening of the scheme means that chronic traffic congestion and tailbacks in New Ross will be a thing of the past, particularly during peak times, with travel time savings of up to 30 minutes. This will provide significant efficiencies on the strategic N25 route from Cork to Rosslare Europort while also supporting the future growth and sustainability of New Ross Town and the South East region. The scheme also links the N25 route with the N30 New Ross to Enniscorthy route.

The opening of the N25 New Ross Bypass, combined with the recent opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway in July 2019 represents the completion of another vital link in the overall connectivity and accessibility of Wexford, Kilkenny and the entire South East Region.

The N25 New Ross Bypass will open to public traffic at noon on Thursday 30 January.

Primary Care Centres Left Short Staffed

Sinn Fein has called for a dedicated strategy and funding allocation for primary care after it was revealed that "countless" centres have been left without the required amount of staff.

The party's Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly said HSE figures show that around 20 centres are in need of a GP as well as other medical professionals, including Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists.

Deputy O'Reilly said: "Primary care centres were heralded as a one-stop shop for people's basic health needs outside of a hospital. However, this promise has not been fulfilled.

"Due to cuts, underinvestment in staff, and a lack of government enthusiasm for locally delivered community care, the area of primary care has suffered significantly. This has heaped further pressure on hospital services.

"Primary and community care should be the cornerstone of our health service incorporating GPs, practice and community nurses, and others. It can deal with the bulk of the health needs of the population. It has lower costs than hospital care and can be delivered faster and closer to home.

"Sinn Féin in government would deliver on primary care through properly staffing primary care centres with a full complement of staff, including GPs, and other health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and counsellors."


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