Proposal Coming To Change KGH Name To ‘University Hospital Kerry’

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Jimmy Deenihan.

Jimmy Deenihan.

THERE is a proposal coming in the New Year to change the name of Kerry General Hospital to ‘University Hospital Kerry’.

While speaking at the turning of the sod at the new in-patient Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General Hospital on Friday, Minister for Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, said that an official announcement of the proposal to rename the hospital will come after Christmas.

“I think that it is a good proposal,” said Minister Jimmy Deenihan, “seeing as IT Tralee will be part of the Munster Technological University, it fits in. Hopefully it [the proposal] will be announced after Christmas.”

There are plans for the institutes of technology in Tralee and Cork to merge and form the Munster Technological University, and the bill to legalise the merger has been published.
However it is expected to be some time before the merger is finalised. The bill must pass all stages of the Oireachtas and then follows a lengthy process involving an international assessment panel.
Some staff at IT Tralee are opposed to the merger and TUI members voted for industrial action earlier this year on issues relating to the merger. Talks are continuing between TUI members and management at ITT and CIT.


  1. Merry Christmas to all in Tralee. Love

  2. University Hospital Kerry, This is a joke isn’t it?
    As someone who has worked in anaesthetics in University Hospitals in the NHS. This is a cottage Hospital with no Neurology or Cardiac, I understand some Paediatric cases are transfered.
    People of Kerry may well get a University Hospital in name but not in deed.

  3. Matty O'Leary says:

    I fully agree with T Harper. LOL, It’s cheap political move – all spin and no substance!