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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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