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10% levy on concrete blocks will affect us all

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By Sean Moriarty

Last week’s budget was fairly underwhelming for most ordinary workers and apart from the fuel concessions, it offered very little to most people.

But when a Government gives with one hand it takes away with the other.

The most alarming “new tax’ is the concrete block levy aimed to offset the cost of the Mica redress scheme.

Hold on one minute - why should the country pay for the unscrupulous actions of builders and quarry owners? Where is the insurance and bond scheme? But, just like the banks 15 years ago and the PMPA insurance bailout of around 25 years ago, we all have to pay while those closer to Government are not held accountable for their actions.

It is estimated that the 10% levy on concrete blocks will add between €2,000 and €4,000 to the cost of a new build. That is so unfair on any person toiling away in an effort to raise funds to buy or build a house.

This very selfish decision by the Government will affect us all not just nationally, but locally too.

Many of Killarney’s promised publicly funded projects got a lot more expensive overnight.

All three secondary schools and some primary schools are in line for extensions and it is ultimately the parents who will have to pay for this extra cost.

The much-promised Killarney Cycleway project will need a lot of concrete to complete it but nothing in comparison to the amount of cement products that will be required for the Farranfore to Killarney new road scheme - if it ever gets off the ground.

Don’t be surprised if many of these Government-supported projects get shelved because they will simply be too expensive to complete thanks to a Government-supported tax scheme. You could not make it up!

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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