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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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