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Almost 92% of businesses experiencing decline in revenue

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In association with Chambers Ireland national survey, Tralee Chamber undertook a survey of businesses in Kerry and today (Tuesday) published the results.

The survey sought to quantify the impact of COVID-19 on businesses right across the county.

Nationally the survey has over 1,000 responses (1,110) and was conducted between the afternoon of March 19 and Monday morning (yesterday), with 10% of the national results from Kerry (105 businesses).

Today’s results will inform the advocacy of Chambers Ireland and Tralee Chamber, on behalf of businesses throughout the country and provide guidance to the Government on next steps required to support business through the crisis.

The headline results for Kerry are:

• 92% of businesses see their revenue declining over the coming three months
• 72% of businesses expect their revenue to decline by in excess of 25%
• Cashflow, revenue, and staffing are the critical issues for businesses
• Cashflow and revenue are of greatest concern to sole traders, and micro-businesses (<10 employees) [This sector accounts for in excess of 92% of businesses, and 69% of jobs in the workforce) • Temporary closures impacting 50% of the businesses surveyed (hospitality and tourism in particular) • Staffing is of concern to certain sectors, particularly digital, agri-food, transport, and retail. • Every part of the county feels affected. “The survey results out today replicate what we have been dealing with over the past 10 days in Kerry as the tourism, hospitality, services and small retail sector have been severely hit, with over 92% of businesses that replied showing dramatic fall off in revenue, and a wave of temporary closures,” Tralee Chamber Chief Executive Ken Tobin said. “As we publish these results, we are expecting further announcements from Government of tighter restrictions on how people move around and interact with each other. This will further impact the business community, and undoubtably affect even more employees. Sentiment in the business community can only be expected to decline in the days and weeks to come. “A significant and radical response by the State to support businesses and local economies right across the island is required. This must be far-reaching and unlike any intervention we’ve seen before. These are unprecedented times and therefore need an unprecedented response.” Tralee Chamber and the wider Chamber’s Ireland network are engaging with Government to give businesses and the self-employed a lifeline immediately, and when the Coronavirus threat passes ensure that the businesses community is supported through further state interventions. “Employers’ are job creators, without whom we would not have an economy and would not be able to support the economic well-being of citizens. For jobs to be restored following the crisis, our members will need as much support as possible to re-boot the economy.” Under-reacting to this crisis is now the greatest risk, he added. “This crisis will pass, our economy will recover, but we cannot afford a chaotic recovery. Deferrals and moratoriums on VAT, commercial rates and other changes must last for the duration of the crisis at a minimum. The business sector also requires greater clarity on insurance. We call on Government to work with the insurance sector in providing solutions for the business community.” The pace at which Government departments and agencies are operating at to respond to the crisis is applauded but it is important to ensure that the detail of schemes announced are carefully considered and communicated. When this does not happen, it adds to the confusion and uncertainty facing our local economies. Finally, as is highlighted in the results of our Network survey, cash-flow will be critical to surviving the crisis, he explained. “We reiterate our call to all Government departments, agencies, local authorities, State and semi-State bodies to pay invoices at the earliest opportunity. Government must take the lead on this and make a clear statement on the urgent necessity that all State bodies settle all outstanding bills promptly. As a Network, we stand ready to work with the State to meet the challenge of this crisis and support the business community through it." [audio m4a="https://www.killarneyadvertiser.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Audio-File-Ken-Tobin-24.3.20.m4a"][/audio]

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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