TEST CENTRE: A sign outside the HSE test centre in Tralee.

EXCLUSIVE

By Michelle Crean

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Kerry, the HSE has this week said they’ve no immediate plans to add to the number of centres in Kerry – including Killarney.

There’s just one centre for testing which is based in Tralee.

‘There is one in Kerry, one in Cork city, one in West Cork and one in North Cork,’ the HSE said in a statement to the Killarney Advertiser.

‘While the locations of centres may change, there are no immediate plans to add to the number of centres. As part of our efforts to rapidly increase the number of tests being carried out in this region, our focus in recent days has been to rapidly expand the capacity of the testing locations across Cork and Kerry’.

The HSE said that there has been an unprecedented level of demand for tests, and they thank the people of Kerry for their patience and understanding at this time.

However, Cllr Donal Grady says that it’s a scary time for everyone and with numbers on the increase, that a dedicated test centre should be a priority for Killarney town.

“I honestly believe we should have a test centre in Killarney,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’re the fifth highest county in Ireland, of course there’s good reason to have one. We’re falling back. What about people who cannot drive and our elderly people?”