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HELPING: Sisters Janine and Imogen O'Connor, daughters of Rotarian Angela O'Connor, pictured with Anne Alcock (Rotary President), Br Keon and Br Matthias planting crocus corms at the Friary. 

 

By Michelle Crean

Each spring a beautiful purple carpet of crocus blooms in many communities across the world - including Killarney - to raise awareness of the Rotary fight for a polio free world.

Last spring, a magnificent display of purple crocuses bloomed on the lawn of St Mary’s Church of the Sloes, thanks to the purple crocus corm planting, as a visual reminder of the world-wide Rotary Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Next spring, inspired by the example, a section of lawn of the Franciscan Friary adjacent to the KDYS driveway at Fair Hill, will mark the same message, while spring beauty brings hope and cheers eyes, minds and hearts.

World Polio Day on Saturday, October 24 had to be anticipated slightly ahead of schedule, due to the Level 5 lockdown, and crocus corms had to be quickly planted by Killarney Club President Anne Alcock with the assistance of some the Franciscans and Imogen and Janine O’Connor (Rotary member Angela’s daughters) on Wednesday, October 21.

"They will hopefully all come up purple, because purple has become the symbolic colour in the Rotary fight against polio, inspired by the colour of the dye painted on the finger of a child, to signify that they have received their potentially life-saving polio vaccine," Anne said.

"These are just some of the great ways that supporting Purple4Polio can result in great Rotary projects for outreach into our own local communities."

In August of this year, Rotary and its partners across the world celebrated a significant milestone, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) certified the African region, which includes 47 countries, free from wild polio.
This leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two remaining polio endemic countries in the world. But despite the momentous progress, more challenging work lies ahead to eradicate the disease for good. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts.

To get involved, and make a difference, visit www.rotarygbi.org/join.
The Rotary End Polio Now enthusiasts in Ireland are the Rotary clubs of Killarney, Dingle, Antrim, Athlone, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Dublin Central, Dublin North, Dun Laoghaire, Letterkenny, Mallow, Newry, and Newtownabbey.

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial fleet polices can cover many vehicles under one policy.
The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries to an employee in the course of their employment. Employee numbers and annual wages will need to be disclosed accurately and annually.
Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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