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Budget 2022 “negative” – say car dealers

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By Sean Moriarty

One of the key issues announced in Tuesday’s budget is the increase of the Vehicle Registration Tax, a fee unique to Ireland across the entire EU.

The cost of new cars will increase by between one and four percent from January 1.

This increase comes on the back of a second-hand car market that has been decimated as a result of Brexit and COVID-19 impacts.

David Randles, of Randles Bros Nissan on the Muckross Road, is the chair of the Kerry branch of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

He believes that the price increase will hurt new car sales, which will in turn effect the second hand car market and, by default, force a reduction in revenue for Government.

“It was a negative budget for the motor industry,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I cannot see the reasoning for upping the price of new cars. The new car market is on the floor, we can’t get second hands due to Brexit. We need to sell new cars to get the trade-ins, so less cars [being sold] means less revenue. We are facing a tough first six months of 2022.”

The €5,000 relief for electric vehicles is being extended to the end of 2023.

“We are not ready for that down here in country areas. It is getting better [charging infrastructure] but in country areas we still need diesel,” added Mr Randles, whose family garage business is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. “The motor industry is at a stage of reconfiguration. We will see a lot of changes in the way we do things over the next 10 years in terms of workshops and spare parts. Electric cars are a way better on brakes and tyres."

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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